Session Title

Session Description: Changes in Marine Mammal Occurrence in the Salish Sea

Session Description

Changes in strandings of cetaceans in Puget Sound/Salish Sea

Jessica L. Huggins1, Amanda Warlick2, Stephanie Norman3, Jennifer Olson4, Dyanna M. Lambourn5, Joe Gaydos6, John Calambokidis1

1Cascadia Research Collective

2NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries Science Center

3Marine-Med: Marine Research, Epidemiology, and Veterinary Medicine

4The Whale Museum

5Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marine Mammal Investigations

6SeaDoc Society, UC Davis Wildlife Health Center

Cetacean strandings in the inland waters (Puget Sound/Salish Sea) of Washington State are common and have been systematically recorded in Washington State since the early 1980’s, providing an invaluable dataset with which to track spatiotemporal trends and changes in stranding patterns. These patterns are cyclical but generally increasing (Figure 1). This increase is likely due to a variety of factors, including population increase, emerging diseases, funding for stranding response, and public awareness/ease of reporting. Harbor porpoise and seasonally occurring gray whales are the two most commonly stranded species in inland waters.

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Cetaceans, Puget Sound, Salish Sea, Strandings

Conference Track

SSE11: Species and Food Webs

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2018 : Seattle, Wash.)

Document Type


SSEC Identifier

SSE11: Session Description

Start Date

6-4-2018 1:30 PM

End Date

6-4-2018 3:00 PM

Type of Presentation



conference proceedings; presentations (communicative events)

Contributing Repository

Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Subjects – Topical (LCSH)

Cetacea--Stranding--Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.); Whales--Stranding--Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.); Harbor porpoise--Stranding--Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)


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Changes in Strandings of Cetaceans in Puget Sound/Salish Sea