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 …

Grey Whale spy hopping in the Salish Sea. Photo taken by SpringTide Crew with a zoom lens.

The Grey Whale- Eschrichtius robustus

April 21, 2020

The Quick Facts Females get up to 15.3m long, Males up to 14.6m long Mottled grey in colour (hence the name) Have a V shaped head Their blow is variable in shape: low and bushy, tall and narrow, sometimes even V-shaped and sometimes it looks like a heart- nawww Used …

Two leaping Killer Whales. Picture taken by SpringTide Crew with a zoom lens.

Happy Leap Day!

February 29, 2020

No this is not a day to dress as a frog and go leaping around your town. This is a day of science! What is a Leap Year? In short it is how we keep our calendars in sync with the seasons. Leap years are years where an extra day …

Plastic Trash-by Public Domain Photos is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Fight Against Plastic- A Short Round Up

February 3, 2020

Eight million metric tons. That’s how much plastic is dumped into waterways each year, making its way to the ocean. Using plastic bags and shampoo bottles, brushing your teeth, washing your face, doing the laundry, having a takeaway cup of coffee, takeaway containers, doing the shopping, wrapping a gift. Many …

T46B1B - The little grey Orca

Tl’uk The White W’orca

January 10, 2020

Forget white walkers, it’s all about this white w’orca -Tl’uk! This juvenile killer whale, first spotted in late November 2018, is part of the T046B pod. This family pod is often seen in and around the waters of Vancouver Island. The young’s mother is T046B1 which makes his name T046B1B…. …

Lower Granite Dam

Well, I’ll Be Dammed!

December 4, 2019

Each year millions of salmon navigate their way from open ocean to freshwater spawning grounds in a journey to reproduce. These runs are vital to the survival of the many species influenced by wild salmon populations. In addition to being a food source for predators like sea lions, sea gulls, …

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