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, …

Dan Kukat about the industry’s future

September 25, 2019

Last week, it was a pleasure to be able to welcome aboard Kori Sidaway from CHEK news to talk about the current state of the Whale Watch Industry. This summer season has seen a marked decrease in sales for whale watching tours Victoria wide. The main reason appears to be …

Our Neighbours River Otters

August 21, 2019

Since the beginning of the summer season here in Victoria, we have had many sightings of one of our cute and mischievous neighbors in the harbour: River Otters! River Otters are small aquatic mammals. They eat fish, shellfish, birds and other small mammals. River Otters can stay underwater for up …

Whales and freighter

Vessel Collisions & Underwater Noise

August 17, 2019

THREATS TO MARINE MAMMALS It’s hard to imagine that whales in the Salish Sea would worry about much in their day to day lives. Orcas are the apex predators of the ocean and therefore don’t have to worry about a larger whale coming for them. A full-grown humpback is almost …

Southern Resident J16

Southern Residents Moving Out?

August 13, 2019

The Southern Resident Killer Whales are spending less time in the Salish Sea… Is it no longer a favourite place? The evidence is clear. Usually the Southern Resident Killer Whales will spend a good portion of the summer months doing a tour of the inland waters of the Salish Sea. …

Humpback breach

Whale of a time as a Naturalist

August 9, 2019

My interest and love in the ocean began in Massachusetts. It was there, as a young girl, that I saw my first Humpback Whale. Right then, I knew I wanted to devote my life to marine conservation. Coming from a small town in Southern Ontario, it was a dream of …

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