Who We Are
With reports of entangled whales dramatically increasing in recent years, California Whale Rescue was founded to organize, unify, and advance the entangled whale response network in California, with a focus on best practices, prevention, and safety. In addition to coordination of disentanglement efforts, we work to increase public awareness of the issue of whale entanglement through events and communication, and collaborate with stakeholders to reduce the number of future entanglements through education, training, and gear modifications.
How You Can Help
Report an Entangled Whale
Whether you’re sailing, kayaking, whale watching, fishing or just standing on the coast, you can have a direct impact in saving an entangled whale’s life by:
- Calling (877) SOS-WHALE (877–767–9425), or hailing the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF CH-16.
- Relaying the whale’s exact location in latitude and longitude. Learn How
- Staying with the whale until we arrive, if possible.
Make a Donation
The whales we rescue can measure 60 feet in length, weigh 40 tons, and travel hundreds of miles in just a couple of days. Our equipment is custom-made to handle these special challenges, and can be very expensive. Since our work is funded almost entirely by donations, our ability to save whales relies on the generosity of supporters like you.
Photos & Videos
A juvenile humpback whale about 25 feet long and entangled in numerous lines of fixed fishing gear was freed on Tuesday by responders from the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, Humboldt State University, Oregon State University, U.S. Coast Guard, California Whale Rescue, and local fishermen and community members.
A fisherman and his son are credited with reporting an entangled humpback whale off the coast of Point Pinos Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Their report was integral to the successful disentanglement of the whale.
A humpback whale entangled in fishing gear was successfully extricated yesterday afternoon by a response team from the California Whale Rescue (CWR) network with support from the local U.S. Coast Guard about 15 miles west of Point Sur.
A humpback whale entangled in crab fishing gear and struggling to swim was spotted by a whale watch boat in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary around noon on Sunday, April 27. What followed over the next two-and-one-half weeks was an extraordinary rescue effort by trained responders of the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program along the Central California Coast.