Adopt a Killer Whale


For over 25 years, the Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program has brought killer whales into the homes of families around the world – sharing stories, news updates, fascinating research findings, and an overall love and admiration for these iconic animals. Through the symbolic adoption of a wild killer, the Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program raises funds to support conservation-oriented research on wild killer whales by the Marine Mammal Research Program. Learning everything we can about killer whales is paramount to ensure the best standards and regulations are set to protect them.

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Meet the Whales

Each of the wild killer whales in the Adoption Program has a different story. How do we know? They are all individually identified and followed by researchers and the public alike. Meet some of the whales from the northern resident, southern resident, and Bigg’s populations.

Photo credit: Jared Towers
Photo credit: Jared Towers


Since the mid-1980s, the Marine Mammal Research Program has conducted ground-breaking research on killer whales and other marine mammals. The program focuses on long-term studies of marine mammal populations and the threats these at-risk populations face. Learn more.

Photo credit: Ocean Wise/NOAA
Photo credit: Ocean Wise/NOAA

Take Action

Once widely feared, killer whales are now far better understood than they were only four decades ago. But today there is growing concern for their future. Pollution, overfishing, boat traffic, and other human activities all pose a threat to the whales and their fragile marine environment. Learn what you can do.

Featured Stories

  • A Mother’s Love: Killer Whale Culture

    by Marine Mammal Research on May 8, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Motherhood is never easy, no matter which species you belong to. From broadcasting millions of eggs to nurturing a single calf to independence, successfully raising the next generation is one of life’s greatest challenges. As we show our appreciation for human mothers this Sunday, it’s interesting to learn about other dedicated mothers of the animal […]

  • DNA: A Key piece in the puzzle of Killer Whale Conservation

    by Ocean Wise on November 9, 2019 at 12:22 am

    By: Adam Warner There are a lot of moving parts to the conservation of highly mobile marine predators – a big task that can be approached at many different scales at once. From identifying individual animals to aid in health assessments to determining the genetic variability of a population as a whole, DNA is a […]

  • A Whale of a Season — Part 2

    by Ocean Wise on October 3, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Ocean Wise’s Marine Mammal Research Photogrammetry team embarked on its second research trip of the year last month – this time, off northeast Vancouver Island. (If you haven’t already read it, be sure to check out the team’s central coast work in Part 1.) With Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard as drone pilot, Brittany Visona as camera […]

  • A Whale of a Season – Part 1

    by Marine Mammal Research on July 25, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Returning from the pilot season of its drone-based killer whale study along the central coast of British Columbia, Ocean Wise’s Marine Mammal Research team marked the sixth year of its photogrammetry project, documenting the relative health of B.C.’s killer whales. Established in 2014 as a collaboration between the Coastal Ocean Research Institute (an Ocean Wise […]

Adopt a Killer Whale