Ivan Ng, Wild Ocean Whale Society
Mark your calendar: WOWs Founder Susan MacKay will be speaking on 'Our Cetaceans', 7 pm, Tuesday Nov 15, 2016 at Pender Harbour High School. Susan will delve into the identification, sounds and interactions of some of the species of whales & dolphins (cetaceans) we see frequently in our local inside waters. This multi-media presentation is open to everyone & all are welcome thanks to Pender Harbour Wildlife Society. We look forward to seeing you there.
Our team of Volunteers continue to do a great job in making sure all your reports are mapped and published regularly.
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TRANSIENT BIGGS KILLER WHALES
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UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALES
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REGIONAL & WEST COAST
Killer whale advocates in British Columbia describe a federal petition submitted in the U.S. to create a safe foraging zone for southern resident killer whales as "a bold move that needs to happen."
This week the Orca Relief Citizens' Alliance filed a federal petition that asks for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to create a 26-square-kilometre buffer zone in Washington State, along the western shore of San Juan Island in the Salish Sea.
Vessels in the zone would be required to reduce their speed to the point where they create no wake, which would reduce underwater noise which disturbs orcas.
"This [non-government organization] in the U.S. has shown real leadership and that we need to follow suit in Canada," said Misty MacDuffee, a biologist with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation.
The area, which is in the Haro Strait, along the ...
Hopes for the recovery of southern resident killer whale populations have cooled one year after a “baby boom” for the endangered species.
The Center for Whale Research announced the death of J28 on Friday, saying it would also likely mean the death of her calf, J54.
There are now 80 southern resident killer whales, down from 85 in January.
“Mothers are dying and babies are dying, so it’s unrealistic to expect anything positive,” the centre’s Ken Balcomb said at a press conference in Seattle.
He said the circumstances of the orca’s death point to an alarming trend in the southern resident population: Mother whales don’t have enough food, leading to lower birth rates, maternal health problems and death.
Researchers believe the 24-year-old mother died as a result of birthing complications. The male calf was born in December 2015, at the tail end of the baby boom.
J28’s condition began deteriorating in January and she was emaciated by July
Drones Over Dolphin Stampede and Whales off Dana Point and Maui
From 2014, this impressive video reminds us all of why we are so in awe of the Cetacean world.
Captain Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari in Dana Point, California, at great personal risk, has recently filmed and edited a 5-minute video that contains some of the most beautiful, jaw-dropping, footage ever taken with a drone from the air of a huge mega-pod of thousands of common dolphins stampeding off Dana Point, California, three gray whales migrating together down the coast off San Clemente, California, and heartwarming close-ups hovering over a newborn Humpback whale calf snuggling and playing with its mom as an escort whale stands guard nearby, filmed recently in Maui.
According to N.O.A.A. Southern California has the greatest density of dolphins in the world. We have pods up to 10,000 strong stretched out for miles like the wildebeests of Africa. Over 400,000 common dolphin alone. We also have the largest concentration of blue whales on earth.
Capt. Dave explains, "This is the most beautiful and compelling five minute video I have ever put together. I...
Troy Perry, with the Canadian Coast Guard said someone came to the door of the local base and reported seeing a small dolphin, possibly in distress by the Summerside Yacht Club.
A crew set out to find the dolphin and used their boat to guide it back to open water beyond the breakwater.
Perry said that's where the dolphin appeared to reunite with its family....
The world's oceans cover 70 per cent of the planet's surface and produce more than half the oxygen that sustains all life, but they're suffering, according to the Living Planet Report 2016.
The report's Living Planet Index shows a 36 per cent overall decline of ocean species between 1970 and 2012 and identifies overexploitation as the biggest threat to ocean species, followed by habitat loss and climate change. Almost one-third (31 per cent) of fish stocks globally are harvested at unsustainable levels, an increase since the last Living Planet Report in 2014.
This degradation of habitat threatens human lives and livelihoods as well ...
VIDEO - What kind of intelligence is behind dolphin communication, and will humans one day be able to have a conversation with them? Click the image above to play this episode.
The world's whaling watchdog concluded a typically discordant meeting Friday with defeats for both the pro- and anti-whaling camps, and the organisation's very purpose called into question.
After a week marked by a classic standoff between whaling nations Japan, Norway and Iceland on the one hand and mainly Western and South American countries on the other, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) agreed on the need for introspection.
The commission, which turns 70 this year, "has been in a stalemate due ....
It's not every day you get to see so many dolphins off the coast of Ireland.
VIDEO - The Irish Coast Guard boat “Sean A Dunne” were today joined up by some unexpected visitors in the form of a school of Bottlenose Dolphins.
The Coast Guard crew of four were on routine exercise in the Irish Sea off Donabate, Co Dublin in what was flat calm clear conditions. The dolphins joined the crew surfing the bow waves of the Coast Guard boat before retiring back to deeper waters."
Researchers have known for decades that whales create elaborate songs, sometimes projecting their calls for miles underwater. A new study, however, has revealed a previously unknown element of whale songs that could aid this mode of communication, and may play a pivotal role in locating other whales in open ocean.
Greenpeace New Zealand has teamed up with researchers at the University of Auckland in an effort to discover more about the critically endangered Mui dolphin, including where they go in winter.
The project was launched yesterday, and the team have already spotted three Māui – almost 5% of the entire global population.
Best estimates show there are only about 63 left, and ...