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A Unique Opportunity To Adopt A Wild Killer Whale

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Credit: Lance Barrett-Lennard
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Credit: Lance Barrett-Lennard
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Photo: Lance Barrett-Lennard
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Credit: Margaret Butschler

Take Action To Conserve
Wild Populations

Killer whales, or orcas, are found in all the world's oceans, but nowhere are they more accessible for viewing and studying than off Canada's west coast. Learning everything we can about killer whales is the best way we can protect them.

By adopting a killer whale and becoming a member of the Vancouver Aquarium Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program, you'll directly support research on wild killer whales. Continuing research will lead to a better understanding of the whales, their place in the ocean ecosystem and the conservation measures necessary to protect them.

Learn more at www.killerwhale.org

Killer Whale

Our History Together

Forty years ago, killer whales were widely feared and largely misunderstood. Fishermen and mariners often shot at them on sight due to the misconception that these animals posed a threat to their livelihoods and were a danger to humans.

The Vancouver Aquarium has a long tradition of research on dolphins, porpoises and whales (collectively known as cetaceans). For nearly 40 years, our Cetacean Research Lab has been involved in intensive field research to learn more about these fascinating animals and help change the public perception of killer whales from wild beast to intelligent, sensitive and inquisitive creatures.
Learn more about our cetacean research

Threats Killer Whales
Are Facing

Once widely feared, killer whales are now far better understood than they were only three decades ago. Although today today killer whales are protected from shooting and deliberate harassment, there is a growing concern for their future. Resident killer whales are salmon specialists and their survival is directly linked to Chinook salmon abundance. Pollution, overfishing, boat traffic and other human activities all pose a threat to the whales and their fragile marine environment.

Killer Whale Fin Credit: Lance Barrett-Lennard
Killer Whale Credit: Lance Barrett-Lennard

How You Can
Make A Difference

Adopting a killer whale with the Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program is one direct way to help support important research on wild killer whales and help conserve these threatened populations. Everyday actions can also have a profound impact on their survival.

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