Saving the Orcas – It is Up to Us, and The Whale Scouts Have a Great Plan

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“What we have to do is ensure there is sufficient food supply food supply for the whales…you can’t have a pet if you don’t feed it.  That’s the first thing I learned when I had a little puppy, you have to take care of it.”  Ken Balcomb – Whale Scout Podcast
The Southern Resident orcas are often present in the central and southern regions of Puget Sound this time of the year, and now trained volunteers will be on hand when possible to educate and help the public see the whales. You can participate in the Whale Scouts‘ activities, donate, or send them inquiries on what you would specifically like to do.

The killer whales that swim the waters of Puget Sound are endangered and are in serious trouble.  With a two-year gap in successful births  the population has declined to only 79 individuals – its lowest number since the mid 1980’s. 
Whale Scout is taking a proactive approach and setting a positive example to recovering this population by engaging in responsible whale watching from the shore and also striving to turn whale watchers into salmon restoration activists. 

Bothell, WA – Sept. 14, 2014 – Every fall endangered orcas return to the shores of Puget Sound in search of salmon. This year, a team of volunteers organized by Bothell’s Whale Scout non-profit organization will be stationed at local beaches to help those in the community spot and learn more about them.


“We are so excited for the whales to come back. Seeing wild killer whales in our backyard truly makes living in the Pacific Northwest magical,” said Whale Scout director Whitney Neugebauer. “The biggest thing we can do to protect endangered orcas is to restore salmon habitat — and that’s exactly what Whale Scout does. We turn whale lovers into salmon habitat restoration experts.”


Whale Scout connects trained naturalists with the public, sharing their knowledge about the local whale population in Puget Sound, assisting them in sightings from shore, and offering everyday tips on what anyone can do to help their conservation. 


Whale Scout is also launching an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to help raise money to outfit volunteers with identifying vests, laminated materials and assorted gear.


“Many amazing individuals and organizations contributed special gifts you can redeem for your donations like underwater photography, beautiful orca photos, handmade gifts, and much more!” Neugebauer said.


To help, visit the Whale Scout page at


For more information, visit, or follow the organization on Twitter @whalescout.
Whitney Neugebauer, PO BOX 426, Woodinville, WA 98072


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