Wild Whales News

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...

Do whales avoid ship strikes?

The issue of collisions between ships and large cetaceans is one that has hit close to home recently. Just earlier this month, a dead fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) was brought into the Burrard Inlet draped across the bow of a cruise ship. Although it is unknown as...