Wild Whales News

Churchill, Manitoba; Putting Polar Bears on the Radar

Churchill, Manitoba; Putting Polar Bears on the Radar

By: Julia Felske, Practicum Student Churchill, Manitoba, a small community of 899 residents, is widely known as ‘The Polar Bear Capital of the World’, and with good reason: from July to November about a thousand polar bears migrate to Churchill where they wait for the...

Looking at Sightings in a Whole New Way

Looking at Sightings in a Whole New Way

Using a new tool from the BC Cetacean Sightings Network (BCCSN), the residents of Saturna Island have taken whale research and conservation into their own hands! This year the Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society (SIMRES) initiated a pilot project to...

The Good Kind of Research Flukes

The Good Kind of Research Flukes

Everybody wants to be a whale researcher! But what do whale researchers do when they’re out on the water? And what are they looking for when they find whales? Let me tell you! As a Research Assistant for the North Coast Cetacean Research Initiative in Prince Rupert,...

The BCCSN Welcomes BC Ferries to the Whale Trail

The BCCSN Welcomes BC Ferries to the Whale Trail

The B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network (BCCSN) is very excited to welcome BC Ferries to the Whale Trail! Based in Seattle, WA, The Whale Trail’s mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment by establishing a network of...

Tracking Contaminants in Killer Whale Habitats

Tracking Contaminants in Killer Whale Habitats

By: Joseph Kim, Research Scientist Contaminants in coastal British Columbia (BC) It is late at night and I notice that more data have been uploaded to the PollutionTracker database. I am using these data to look at contaminant levels within and around killer whale...

And the Award for Top Cetacean Reporter Goes To…

And the Award for Top Cetacean Reporter Goes To…

Written by: Aaron Purdy and Sarah Patton, at Ocean Wise’s Southern Vancouver Island Research Initiative We’ve crunched the numbers and the results are in! Since its inception in 1999, the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network (BCCSN) has received over 120,000 verified...

Whale Depredation: Sneaking an easy Snack

Whale Depredation: Sneaking an easy Snack

Written by: Karina Dracott Research Biologist at Ocean Wise Marine Mammal Conservation Research Program Two new resources were developed this year by Ocean Wise for fishermen to address the issues of whale depredation. If a marine mammal has ever stolen your fish, you...