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New research vessel is named after Kenneth Balcomb III

The Center for Whale Research press release: What’s in a name, you ask? In this case, a tremendous amount. This boat is named after a man for whom we will be forever grateful and who will always be remembered. Thank you, Kenneth C. Balcomb III (KCB III), for your lifetime dedication to orca science, education, and conservation. We will carry you in our hearts forever. 

After over a year of discussion, planning, construction, and fundraising, the Center for Whale Research’s new research vessel, KCB III, is snuggled in its Snug Harbor, San Juan Island home slip. The vessel, our MOST IMPORTANT RESEARCH TOOL, will boost the number of Southern Resident and Bigg’s orca encounters each year, expanding our data collection and strengthening monitoring of both populations.

KCB III is laid out for our specific research methods. Read Dr. Michael Weiss’s blog, New vessel will open up new opportunities for Center for Whale Research fieldwork, for details about KCB III’s design and functionality.

Photo: CWR’s Dr. Michael Weiss (left) and Dave Ellifrit aboard KCB III.

 

 

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