I also received an email from Lisa Spaven, Marine Mammal Response Biologist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada with a couple of interesting articles about the value of marine mammal stranding networks around the world. For the article click this link: Whale stranding give living species clues. The second one is a document. I can forward the report UN Conservation Value of MM Stranding Networks from the United Nations 2005 to anyone interested. Just drop me an email requesting it.
Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC
12:50 pm a large Humpback Whale was seen between Quadra and Vancouver Islands by Race Point. It was doing longer dives as it headed Northward against the current. It's always a great surprise when they breach, and this one did a couple of times. By 4:30 pm it was only by Maude Island, so not very far, and still doing long dives. (This may have been the same Humpback Whale from the 13th. See Below. Hope to get a photo from one of the tours for possible identification - SM)
Reports from both: Aaron, Campbell River Whale Watching and Garry, Aboriginal Journeys
4 to 4:30 pm 6 Pacific White Sided Dolphins and a few Dall's Porpoises around the Stuart Island area.
Aaron, Campbell River Whale Watching
2 pm 4 Dall's Porpoises including one all greyish in colour that may be a Hybrid Dall's / Harbour Porpoise cross were seen zipping about by Churchhouse in Calm Channel.
Garry, Aboriginal Journeys
12:30 pm One or two Dall's Porpoises close to Quadra Island in Discovery Pass. Radio reception was broken, but I believe it was reported by Aaron and Jen of Campbell River Whale Watching - SM
9:45 am A lone Humpback Whale was Southbound at Race Point. It was first thought to be a Gray Whale, but later confirmed it was a large Humpback. At 11:30 am it was around Duncan Bay, Discovery Passage.
Radio reception again was broken, but Garry, Aboriginal Journeys relayed the message from Jack, Campbell River Whale Watching
From Farther South:
You are welcome to include the attached photo in your blog. A Common Dolphin was first reported on the Cascadia Facebook page on June 5th – this photo was taken Saturday June 11th, although appears to be a different individual than the one seen June 5th. The dolphin was seen Sunday and we have someone going out this morning (June 14) to see if it is still there.