Welcome to the Online Resource Center at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, on the shores of the Salish Sea, in Port Townsend Washington. The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is an educational and scientific organization devoted to understanding and conserving our marine and shoreline environment. You can learn more about visiting our hands-on exhibits and taking part in our other programs and events here.
At this time the Online Resource Center features the activity Toxics in the Marine Environment, adapted from one of our newest exhibits, Learning About Orcas in our Natural History Exhibit. That exhibit explores questions raised by the 2002 stranding of a female orca in nearby waters, her body contaminated by high levels of DDT and PCBs.
Toxics in the Marine Environment highlights some harmful chemicals that are making their way from the places we live and work to nearshore marine environments, risking the health of both marine life and people. These activities also show why top predators like orcas are at greater risk of contamination than most other animals.
Toxics in the Marine Environment is not yet complete but we plan to have the remaining modules be up soon. We appreciate your patience.