Who We Are

About California Whale Rescue

California Whale Rescue coordinates and organizes entanglement response efforts under National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service (NOAA Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Permit #18786) and International Whaling Commission (IWC) protocols. Our volunteers—a diverse group of biologists, conservationists, ecologists, fishermen, whale watching captains, naturalists, entrepreneurs, and many others—have over 100 years combined first-hand experience in whale disentanglement and research. Our training and response efforts include standardizing practices and gear, communications, and training amongst regions, teams, and individuals, placing strong emphasis on human safety and animal wellbeing.

Response is only part of the mission, however. California Whale Rescue’s main long-term goal is to work toward prevention of future entanglements. We aim to use what we learn on responses, including written, photographic, and video documentation, biopsy samples, behavioral analysis, and consultation with experts in the field, to better inform these preventative efforts.

As California Whale Rescue continues to grow and progress, we aim to increase the number of trained response teams up and down the coast of California. We will also continue our work to educate mariners, fishermen, and the public on the issue of entanglement, and to participate in prevention and mitigation committees and efforts. Ultimately, we aim to create a safer environment for whales and other marine life.

California Whale Rescue is a project of Oceanic Society. Together, the organizations work to effect real change in whale entanglement response and prevention, and, through greater awareness, will help advance existing whale conservation efforts in California and beyond. Read more about the partnership »