The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail Presents: 'Biology & Evolution of Whales: The Historic Return of Mammals to the Sea'

Why do whales and dolphins have finger bones in their flippers? Did you know that today's cetaceans are descended from ancestors who once lived on shore, and then returned to the sea?

Join The Whale Trail on March 27 to hear more about this amazing chapter in evolution as they present 'Biology & Evolution of Whales: The Historic Return of Mammals to the Sea'

This is the third in a series of Orca Talks 2014 hosted by The Whale Trail in West Seattle. The program also features updates from Laura James ( and Seal Sitters.

Presentation by Jim Kenagy
Curator of Mammals, Emeritus, Burke Museum
Professor of Biology, Emeritus, University of Washington

Thursday, March 27, 7 to 9 PM

C&P Coffee Company, 5621 California Ave SW, Seattle WA 98136
$5 (kids free!)
Advance tickets:

About the Speaker

Jim Kenagy is Emeritus Curator of Mammals and Professor of Biology at the University of Washington. His areas of research include mammalian population biology, biogeography, evolution, ecology, ecophysiology and behavior. Jim joined the University of Washington in 1976, and became Curator of Mammals at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in 1995.

About The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail ( is a series of sites around the region where the public may view orcas and other marine mammals from shore. Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment by establishing a network of viewing sites along the whales' trails through the Salish Sea and the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest. Our goals are to: increase awareness that our marine waters are home to orcas and other species; connect visitors to orcas, other marine wildlife and their habitat; inspire stewardship and build community; promote land-based whale watching. Our over-arching goal is to ensure the southern resident orcas do not go extinct.

The Whale Trail provides simple, powerful, and long-lasting reminders to visitors and residents alike that orcas and other whales live in our waters. Through our current sites and signs, including two on every Washington State ferry, we reach more than 22 million people each year. Our near-term goals are to add a site in every coastal county in Washington, and around Vancouver Island, throughout the orcas' range. Together, we will turn the tide for the whales!

The Whale Trail is led by a core team of partners including NOAA Fisheries, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Seattle Aquarium, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and the Whale Museum. Donna Sandstrom is the Founder and Executive Director. The Whale Trail is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, registered in Washington State.

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