The West Coast Whale Research Foundation (WCWRF) founded in 1981 to study whales. WCWRF contributed significantly to the first scientific descriptions of gray, humpback and killer whales in British Columbia and the North Pacific, and through education programs. Several prominent cetacean scientists operating in British Columbia today have their roots in the WCWRF. In 2003 WCWRF transitioned to Pacific WildLife Foundation to reflect a new and wider role.