Wild Whales News

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...

Killer Whale Culture: From Matrilines to Mating Rituals

With the recent flux of summer killer whale sightings in B.C., I've received the question on a few occasions: why do we always see killer whales travelling in groups? Are these breeding groups, families, or just random congregations of whales that happen to be at the...