Wild Whales News

It’s a Snotty Job, But Someone Has to Do it!

Being a whale researcher is not always the most glamourous job. Often scientists have to get dirty in order to collect the data they need to better understand whale populations. A team of marine mammal researchers, including the Marine Mammal Research Program’s own...

How Do We Save the Southern Residents?

What actions are needed to save the critically-endangered southern resident killer whale population? This was the main question that gathered scientists, government officials, industry, and First Nations in Vancouver, BC on October 11-12, 2017.  Led by the Government...

A Summer of North Coast Cetaceans

Each summer, our North Coast office hires summer students through the Canada Summer Jobs program to help with various projects related to cetacean research and conservation out of Prince Rupert, BC.  This year, Sarah Ducharme, a fourth year student at Vancouver Island...

Untangling Entanglements

Entanglement of whales in fishing gear has increasingly been in the news over the last several years, perhaps most memorably with the humpback that stranded in White Rock in 2012, entangled in plastic long line. On the B.C. coast the habitats of whales, dolphins and...

Finding the Fin Whales

In B.C. waters, there is a whale that can power through the ocean with bursts of speed up to 46 kilometres an hour, take in up to 70 tonnes of sea water with a single gulp, and is the second largest animal on earth. This is the fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) – and...