Wild Whales News

A Windy Welcome

A Windy Welcome

Written by: Gary Sutton, Photogrammetry Research Assistant I had been waiting with much anticipation to start my first season with the Ocean Wise Photogrammetry Research Team as a vessel operator and photo ID specialist, joining Principal Investigator and drone pilot,...

The Humpback Comeback

The Humpback Comeback

Written by: Gary Sutton, Photogrammetry Research Assistant If you find yourself on a boat crossing the Strait of Georgia today, there is a good chance of spotting a huge fifteen-foot, tall misty spout from a 35-ton humpback whale. However, this wasn't always the case....

California Dreaming

California Dreaming

Bigg's killer whale T132 (CA20) Written by: Gary Sutton The Canada/U.S. border shutdown due to Covid hasn't stopped whales from crossing the line. The weekend of May 28 brought a rare visit from a group of Bigg’s killer whales that are more commonly seen in...

Join us this June 24 for Naturalist Night 2021!

Join us this June 24 for Naturalist Night 2021!

Join local cetacean experts for an evening of whale education, discussion, and networking!  Are you a marine naturalist located in the Pacific Northwest? Keen to learn about local marine mammal research and much more? Join us online this June 24 for Naturalist Night...

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...