The Pacific Migration Cooperative

In 2018, Ocean Research Foundation is embarking on a new project: creating a cooperative of scientific organizations along the great north-eastern Pacific migration routes.


The Pacific coast of North America is home to one of the great spectacles of the animal world -- an enormous annual migration of marine mammal species.  Whales, seals, and dolphins cover vast distances between their winter breeding grounds and summer feeding grounds. While the Gray Whale Eschrichtius robustus migrates the farthest (10-12,000 miles), many other species make migrations of thousands of miles, including:

  • Elephant Seal - Mirounga angustirostris

  • Blue Whale - Balaenoptera musculus

  • Fin Whale - Balaenoptera physalus

  • Humpback Whale - Megaptera novaeangliae

  • Orca - Orcinus orca

  • Minke Whale - Balaenoptera acutorostrata

  • Bottlenose Dolphin - Tursiops truncatus

These marine mammals pass all the great coastal cities of the United States on their journey from Alaska to the Baja California peninsula in Mexico, and back again.   Along the way they swim past dozens of research institutes, whale watching organizations, and conservation groups.  Until now, these groups have never been brought together to share scientific information, ideas, and plans.  Though they are engaged in many of the same activities and share similar missions, there has been no effort to unite them to facilitate cooperation.

Ocean Research Foundation wants to change that.  We are launching the Pacific Migration Cooperative to provide a forum to exchange ideas, share data and resources, and create a vibrant network of science organizations along this great migration route.

Interested in participating?  Please get in touch.

Gray Whale Migration

Alaska to Baja California
12,000 miles

Longest known migration of any mammal.

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