Inclement weather and the holdiay season has slowed reported Sightings, but there are still whales, including Humpbacks in our inside waters. The Pacific White Sided Dolphins have been showing up and seem to be on the move in and out of the areas while they appear to avoid some stealthy Orca, who we did not receive photos or IDs on. The whales, dolphins and porpoise are out there, so keep your eyes open, it's a big ocean out there.
We thank you for your continued reporting as each and every sightings report is valuable! And with our new WOWs Archive Explorer map you can easily see where these whales travel.
Susan MacKay, Wild Ocean Whale Society
With all the snow forecasts - have you made a 'Snow Whale'?
Dive into over 5,000 Cetacean Sightings, images, videos and audio recordings reported in our Sightings Updates with the WOWS Sightings Archive Explorer
Archive Explorer takes readers into the Cetacean world of the BC Coast. Easily view all Cetacean sighting reports together with all sighting photos and videos:
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ISSUE SIGHTINGS MAP 2016-040
TRANSIENT BIGGS KILLER WHALES
Mon Dec 19 2016
UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALES
Tue Dec 13 2016
Thu Dec 08 2016
Mon Dec 19 2016
Fri Dec 16 2016
Thu Dec 15 2016
Wed Dec 14 2016
Tue Dec 13 2016
Sun Dec 11 2016
Fri Dec 09 2016
Thu Dec 08 2016
Tue Dec 06 2016
Mon Nov 21 2016
PACIFIC WHITE SIDED DOLPHINS
Sat Dec 17 2016
Tue Dec 13 2016
Sun Dec 11 2016
Real Time Monitoring Station Update:
The weather, co-ordinating equipment and volunteers, and now the holiday season has caused a variety of delays in the installation of our first live system. Although it's not up and running yet, it is still going ahead and being worked on, albeit a bit slower than anticipated. Thanks to some great volunteers, the specialized camera mast has been fitted, but not secured yet, our electrical components have had a few modifications that were not anticipated, and the work continues. The hydrophone, underwater listening device, will be installed as soon after the camera as possible with co-ordination of the divers. We can hardly wait and will keep you posted.
Our Annual General Meeting is being scheduled for mid-January and we will send out the email invitations to our Society Members shortly.
Our team of Volunteers continue to do a great job in making sure all your reports are mapped and published regularly. Would you like to join us?
REGIONAL & WEST COAST
A persepective look at a period in the 1960s when fishers and communities on the Sunshine Coast were invoved in the capture and sale of Transient and Resident Orca to Ocean Theme Parks.
Fascinating Interviews with those involved and a look back at a sad period which ultimately lead to a new respect and appreciation for the complex, much studied and still little understood world of the Orca of the Salish Sea.
Beginning in the fall of 2013, “the Blob” has sat off the Pacific coast of North America. This massive swathe of abnormally warm water raised the average temperature of the sea by 2.5 °C, and is thought to have thrown the marine ecosystem for a massive loop. Throughout its run, scientists speculated that the Blob was responsible for a whole host of damages, from mass bleaching of Hawai‘ian coral and irregular fish migration, to sea lion beachings, and warmer seasons.
Now, researchers following up on the Blob have confirmed the proposed connection between it and another abnormal event: a massive 2015 algae bloom that hit the eastern Pacific with the largest outbreak of toxic domoic acid-producing algae ever recorded ...
New research is shedding light on the evolution of most peculiar and aberrant of mammals, the Whales.
...they’re mammals, so they have to face all of the challenges that a normal mammal does. They’re adapted to living on land: they’re [warm-blooded], they have fur, they breathe air, they give birth to live young and they have to suckle those live young. And then you try and do all of that in the sea, and of course, almost everything is stacked against you. Like, the milk is floating away, heat is draining from your body, your fur isn’t really that useful, there’s no air to breathe—like, everything is against you. And yet, within a relatively short period of time they’ve managed to tackle all of that, and they managed to achieve feats like diving down several kilometers and staying down for... an hour at a time, and doing some of the weirdest, biggest feeding events in all of the animal kingdom.
Marine biologists working off the coast of Australia have observed orca whales hunting and killing rare beaked whales—a behavior never before seen in the predatory species.
Scientists have seen orcas hunt an assortment of prey, including fish, seals, dolphins, and even the calves of large whales. But beaked whales? That’s a completely new hunting behavior, one that appears to be unique to orcas living near Bremer Bay in southwest Australia.
For the past two years, a research team led by ...
Offshore Killer Whales today! We encountered these infrequently sighted Killer Whales on the 9am trip aboard the SeaWolf II. This ecotype of Killer Whales often travels in large groups and were seen about this time last December. We saw about 25 individuals and we have footage of them feeding on a Sevengill Shark! These whales are typically smaller in size than the Bigg's or transient Killer Whale type and they had several very young calves with them....
There is a tendency for nutrients in the form of biological material to slowly sink away from the surface into deep ocean environments. This downward migration of debris is referred to as a biological pump, and the debris itself is called marine snow. Whales help to even the balance by a simple mechanism called a whale pump. They feed at varying depths, but they seem to defecate almost exclusively at the surface....
Ocean Alliance has been developing a technique to collect DNA, hormones, and other important biological markers from whale “snot”—the emissions from a whale’s blowhole. To accomplish this task, Kerr has been flying a drone* that he dubbed “SnotBot” across the ocean and over the backs of dozens of whales in three expeditions around the world.
Collecting the whale snot is no easy task. “The snot comes out in a big V,” Kerr says. “At the bottom of the V, the snot is condensed, but it’s a very small window. At the top, it’s very wide but the snot is dispersed.” The goal, he says, is to fly about three meters above a whale, allowing the snot to be collected in a simple petri dish affixed to the drone.
SnotBot launched in July 2015 with a Kickstarter campaign, and Kerr has kept the project’s crowdsourcing spirit strong. He asked the visiting students if they could come up with a solution to help fly SnotBot at a predictable altitude....