From the Sea of Okhotsk
Who we are
The Whale Sanctuary Project is working with you to establish a model seaside sanctuary where cetaceans (whales and dolphins) can live in an environment that maximizes well-being and autonomy and is as close as possible to their natural habitat.
It is the first organization focused exclusively on creating seaside sanctuaries in North America for orcas and beluga whales who are being retired from entertainment facilities or have been rescued from the ocean and need rehabilitation or permanent care.
Why a seaside sanctuary for whales
While there are sanctuaries for many land animals who are being retired from zoos and circuses, there are none yet for whales and dolphins. Without permanent sanctuaries, they will be confined to concrete tanks for the next 30–40 years, or as long as they live.
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Featured This Month
Whale Aid – Russia!
TEDx Talk “Whales Without Walls” by Charles Vinick
How We Choose a Location for the Sanctuary
Our Lead Sponsor: Munchkin, Inc.
The Whale Sanctuary Project wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of Munchkin, Inc., the global leader in unique products for babies and children.
Here’s the remarkable story of how their CEO, Steven Dunn, took up the cause of captive whales.
By the Numbers:
Median survival time in years for wild-caught orcas at a marine park.
Number of square yards of space in a large display tank at a typical high-end marine park.
Minimum number of square yards for the first Whale Sanctuary Project seaside sanctuary.
Number of captive orcas and belugas in North America.
Round-the-clock care for the whales at the sanctuary.