Research in Chile

Pacific Whale Foundation is proud to provide financial assistance to support important blue whale research in southern Chile, headed by Barbara Galletti and Elsa Cabrera of the Centro de Conservacion Cetacea (CCC).

  • Alfaguara (Blue Whale) Project

    The Alfaguara (Blue Whale) Project strives to guarantee the long-term existence of endangered blue whales in one of the most important feeding grounds for the species in the southern hemisphere. The project also promotes the development of sustainable, community-based marine ecotourism and the effective conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems of Chiloe Island in southern Chile.

    The Alfaguara (Blue Whale) Project has been internationally recognized for its contribution to the scientific knowledge of the species. In addition to Pacific Whale Foundation, project sponsors and supporters include Marisla Foundation, Global Greengrants Fund, Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Cetacean Society International, and the Chilean Navy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Download the 2014 Alfaguara Report >



Our thoughts go out to all that are being impacted by COVID-19. With a team dedicated to our response to this pandemic, we are meeting regularly to ensure the continuation of programs and services that allow our mission work to continue.

Pacific Whale Foundation’s leadership team is closely monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19. We will continue to seek guidance from these agencies, public health officials and government agencies on an ongoing basis.

The role that our organization plays in keeping people connected for the sake of the environment is incredibly important in times like these. If we all take the proper precautions and continue to treat each other with kindness and care, we’ll get through this together.

How is PacWhale Eco-Adventures addressing COVID-19?

-Following guidance from Hawaii State and County officials, PacWhale is suspending Eco Tours and our Retail Store operations from March 20th – April 30th. 

- To support our employees, we are offering paid, temporary emergency sick leave, restricting all non-essential business travel, deep cleaning work areas, offering teleworking and flexible work schedules, and continuing to communicate updates and reinforce good hygiene practices.

How is Pacific Whale Foundation addressing COVID-19?

-Spring Break Ocean Camp has been cancelled.

-Keiki Whalewatches are being cancelled for the remainder of the season.

- Our marine research and conservation programs will continue to run without disruption.