Discover the latest news articles on the oceans, whales and marine realm, as well as on our local environment and global issues further afield.

Finding whales to watch is a job in itself

July 5, 2016

Watching orcas in their natural habitat provides a unique experience, but spotting them relies on a network of fishing vessels, float planes and ferry boats. Captain Ian Roberts – photo courtesy of Julia Kilpatrick of the Toronto Star JULY 2, 2016 VICTORIA, B.C. — Ian Roberts spends most days on …

BABY BOOM OR BUST?

July 4, 2016

A Juvenile Orca Everybody loves baby animals and baby killer whales are no exception. Baby whales are called calves and they usually look like miniature versions of their adult forms. When killer whale calves are born, they are about 6 feet in length and 450 lbs. in weight. While not exactly itty-bitty, …

SCARLET – ONE OF THE ISLAND’S FAVOURITE RESIDENTS

June 28, 2016

J50-Scarlet Mama Slick with her Calf Scarlet | Credit: NOAA Fisheries, Vancouver Aquarium (Taken by UAV at 90 feet above pair within guidelines outlined in NMFS research permit and FAA flight authorization) While we at SpringTide love ALL the southern resident killer whales, we would be lying if we said we didn’t have …

COMMON DOLPHINS SPOTTED IN THE SALISH SEA

June 22, 2016

An example of a short-beaked common dolphin breaching the waters of the Pacific Ocean.  (Erin Gless) One of the best things about studying and watching whales is that you are never tempted to think you’ve seen everything. The ocean will always surprise you – as well it should. We know more about …

TRANSIENTS ARE BECOMING THE NEW RESIDENTS!

May 21, 2016

Check out this awesome article from Kiro 7 News regarding our Transient Killer Whale population! Now deemed “Resident Transients,” mammal-eating Orcas are becoming familiar visitors to northwest waters. Transient or Bigg’s killer whale off San Juan Island, WA. Photo by Capt. and Naturalist Heather MacIntyre, Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching, Friday …

An Orca Health Database Could Be on the Way

May 17, 2016

  From the CBC Personalized health records could be on the way for our killer whale friends that share the coast with us. The idea comes from Dr. Joe Gaydos, director of the SeaDoc Society who wants to combine all the research done on orcas in the Pacific Northwest into …

A REFUGE FOR RETIRED AQUARIUM BOUND ORCA – A TIMES COLONIST ARTICLE

May 14, 2016

One of Vancouver Island’s coves, bays and inlets could become a refuge for Orcas retired from aquarium life. The Whale Sanctuary Project, launched last week, is in the early stages of identifying potential sites along the coast of southern B.C. and Washington state. The sanctuary would allow retiring, injured or …

WORLD CHAMPIONS OF THE OCEAN

May 12, 2016

A recent analysis suggests that the oceans may contain between 700,000 and 1 million animal species! Of course, in nature, every single animal is important but some of them are particularly remarkable… some of them are world champions!!! Here are some of the most incredible records: Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) …

WATCH – Rescuers Save Whales from Ice in Russia

May 11, 2016

Three Killer Whales found themselves trapped in Sahkalin region of eastern Russia, nearly 100m off the coastline.  Watch the video as the Russian rescue team brave the freezing waters to break up the ice and clear a path. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whGkyifSGv0 It’s an amazing effort that saw the whales released and sent back …

Pacific Northwest Scouted as Possible Orca Sanctuary

May 9, 2016

  An environmental non-profit is looking at the shores of British Columbia and the rest of the Pacific Northwest as a possible sanctuary for Orca and Beluga whales that have been freed from captivity. The Whale Sanctuary Project is searching for a cold water home for the selected whales.  Executive …

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