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2023 Field Guide

Our CKWP team has created a new and expanded field guide that includes 73 of the Bigg's killer whales in our population, for citizen scientists of all ages! You can use this field guide to ID well-known killer whales seen in Monterey Bay, and to learn more about each pod and their unique matriarchies (family relationships). We are so excited to share the detailed knowledge gained from over 35 years of field research. 

 

Hard copies will be available online and in selected shops soon!

2023 Killer Whale Field Guide Update: We detected some technical issues with the downloaded version of our Killer Whale 2023 Field Guide - which has now been resolved! 

For those who have already downloaded our field guide, you'll need to download the field guide again. We apologize for this inconvenience!

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The team at CKWP created a sample photo ID guide available for citizen scientists of all ages to ID well-known killer whales seen in Monterey Bay and to learn more about each pod and their unique matriarchies.

This guide focuses on the most frequently seen orca families during the springtime. This is a sample field guide. The completed version will be available by the end of the year.

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