A Humpback whale showing its large mouth!

WHAT DO WHALES EAT?

September 25, 2020

Whales can be classified by whether they have teeth or baleen. This determines how and what they will munch on… Baleen Whales Baleen whales have baleen instead of teeth and include, right whales, gray whales, rorquals, and others. Baleen is made out of keratin (just like your fingernails) and makes …

It’s Sea Otter Awareness Week!

September 22, 2020

While it is not hard for these little cuties to be the center of attention, based solely off their plushie-like appearance, these critters are the superstar to Sea Otter Awareness Week! Why do sea otters get a whole week to themselves? Let us take a step back in time to …

Hey, Baby!

September 7, 2020

A new calf brings joy after the tears. In 2018 Southern Resident Killer Whale, J-35, also known as Tahlequah, was in the world’s spotlight after tragedy hit her and her family pod. For 1600 kilometers she carried the tiny, lifeless body of her child, one ‘tour of grief’ later, she …

Killer Whale pod known as the T60s

Winter Whale Watching

August 24, 2020

  To answer you immediate question:  Yes we do see whales in the winter and yes it is cold! What whales are we likely to see? Well, the usual suspects you’d expect to see in summer more or less. Killer Whales/ Orca The famous and much loved Killer Whales are …

Transient Killer Whale

How long can a whale hold its breath?

August 18, 2020

How long can a whale hold its breath? Who holds the record? A Cuvier’s Beaked Whale holds the current record for the longest dive standing at a whopping 138 minute long dive. This was recorded back in 2014 and broke the record for diving mammals. That’s the equivalent of holding …

The SnotBot over a Blue Whale collecting samples. Courtesy of Parley for the Oceans/Ocean Alliance

Snot Bot- it’s as gross as it sounds but it’s science!!

June 15, 2020

Snot, yepp snot that thing that kids seem to be obsessed with- it’s actually helpful. Scientists have developed an ingenious way to gather biological samples without harming or interfering with whale’s or dolphin’s daily lives by using a drone. It’s also cheaper in the long run (assuming the drone doesn’t …

Humpback whales: why are they so lumpy and bumpy?

May 22, 2020

Pectoral fins, head, throat and tail, all covered in bumps! Just a teenager with bad acne you might think? Well you couldn’t be more wrong when it comes to these angels of the sea… Heads up Let’s start from the head and work our way down. The head of a …

Happy Mothers Day!

May 10, 2020

Happy Mothers Day! We thought on this special day we would let you know just how much of a mommies’ boy and girl Orcas can be! Orca live in family pods that are matrilineal which, means the females are in charge! Tl’uk and his mother   In Resident Orca a …

Walking with Whales

May 8, 2020

Travelling to Egypt while staying right at home It’s day 457 of the COVID Quarantine… or at least that’s what it feels like! Just like you all, I too have been stuck inside trying to think of different things to do to keep me entertained; colouring, painting, exercise, binge watching …

Earth Day 2020

April 22, 2020

Origins This year celebrates the 50th year of Earth Day with the theme of climate change. Earth Day is the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson inspired by the protests of the 1960’s when people were starting to see the effects of pollution. It was founded in 1970 as a day …

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