Mission & Vision

Our Mission

Pacific Whale Foundation’s mission is to protect our oceans through science and advocacy.

We accomplish this through our ongoing marine research, education and conservation programs.

Through our ocean ecotours, we have educated nearly 3.5 million people about the marine environment, while raising needed funds to support vital whale and dolphin research studies, educational programs for children and adults, as well as important conservation programs, including our fight to stop commercial whaling.

Our Vision

Pacific Whale Foundation’s vision is to be the people’s environmental organization for research, advocacy, and protection of the world’s whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife, as well as their ocean habitat. We believe that it is essential to involve the public in our mission.

We encourage you to connect and interact with us, to share your thoughts and ideas, and to become a part of our community of people who care about the future of our planet's oceans.

Read more about Pacific Whale Foundation's awards and accolades.

Wildlife Viewing, Photography and Videography

Dolphin SMART LogoPacific Whale Foundation adheres to NOAA's Dolphin SMART program guidelines when viewing marine mammals in the wild.

1. We view wild marine mammals (including dolphins and whales) from a responsible distance to avoid any harassment or disturbance to their natural behaviors. Our photos/videos that show dolphins, whales or other marine mammals near the boat were taken after they approached the boat with the engines in neutral or off.  Our photos/videos that show dolphins, whales or other marine mammals bowriding were taken after they approached the boat of their own accord.
2. All photos and videos of whales and dolphins taken by the Pacific Whale Foundation Research team were done so during the course of permitted scientific research (see below for research permit numbers).
  • Odontocetes: NOAA/NMFS LOC#13427-05
  • False Killer Whales: NOAA/NMFS LOC#16479
  • Humpback Whales: NOAA/NMFS 16479

3. All underwater photos/videos were taken: (1) during the course of permitted scientific research (see above for research permit numbers), and/or (2) with a remote device while following guidelines for responsible viewing.

4. All photos/videos taken outside of the United States were done so in accordance with that country's regulations and guidelines for marine mammal viewing or protection, or under a research permit (see below).


  • NSW Government, Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW Government: Permit Number  SL100195
  • Queensland Government, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation: Permit Number 307
  • Queensland Government, Department of Environment and Resource Management: Permit Number QS2011/GS040
  • Queensland Government, Environmental Protection Agency: Permit Number WISP07811910
  • Queensland Government, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority: Permit Number G11/34324.1
  • Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Environment and Water Resources: Permit number C2011-0003 


  • MINISTERIO DE AMBIENTE – Parque Nacional Machalilla – Permiso No. 002 - RM - DPM - MA