Orca jumping showing belly

Ecotype Comparisons and Status Updates of Salish Sea Cetaceans

About the Class

10:00 - 11:00 AM Session 1
Speaker: Cindy Hansen

Many species of cetaceans make the Salish Sea their home for part or all of the year. Whales are an indicator of the health of our oceans, and their fates are often interwoven with other marine species. The humpback whale has recovered from near extinction and is an incredible success story. Gray whales have also recovered from whaling, but have recently experienced a steep decline. Salish Sea orcas present a fascinating juxtaposition between two ecotypes, one thriving and one endangered.

In this session, Cindy will provide some comparisons and status updates on these species and offer actions that can be taken by the public to help create a healthy future for our cetacean neighbors

Humpback whale breaching
Humpback. By: Jill Hein
Orca spy hopping, with head out of water
Orca spy hopping. By: Jill Hein

Contact info: Cindy Hanssen

Affiliation: www.orcanetwork.org/staff

About the Speaker

Cindy Hansen

Cindy Hansen received a degree in Zoology from the University of Washington and has worked as a naturalist and educator for over 20 years....