Good Day at the Office

  Contributed by Phinn Onens Picture this; there is an eerie morning fog which envelopes the calm and quiet waters of Blackney Pass when suddenly a group of Orca emerge in unison. The sound of their blows, like canons firing, carry far across the water. As we watched from our station on Hanson Island, you […]

Blows & Breaches: An OrcaLab Update

Blog post by: Natalie We attended the 10 year Springer Reunion at Telegraph Cove. We had a booth set up representing OrcaLab there July 13-15th. We played audio recordings of orca calls and also sold CD’s of Springer’s own vocalizations of when she first was reunited with her pod. There were a lot of people […]

The 2012 Season Begins

July 11, 2012 – Post by Natalie We, the assistants, have arrived on Hanson Island for the summer of 2012. We first bonded by going on a hike on Hanson Island to a little cove called Dong Chong Bay. We were awed by the beautiful old cedar tree that OrcaLab has named “Grandmother cedar” which […]

This is the end

IWC 2012 Day Five With apologies to The Doors, here are a few notes from the last day of IWC 2012: Monaco modified its strategy for involving the United Nations in the fate of migratory whales in the high seas, and withdrew its resolution.  The resolution was doomed from the start because of Japan’s opposition, […]

Stumbling towards the finish line

IWC 2012 Day Four Helena wanted me to call this piece “the only thing wrong with the IWC is whaling” but it seemed a bit long and I already had the above thought in my head.  Just the same, she does have a point.  There is so much good work being done, and great people […]

Oh say! can’t you see?

IWC 2012 Day Three This celebration day for the USA (July 4th) began with a report by the sub-committee on whale killing methods and welfare.  Yes, whale welfare has somehow crept into the room, in the guise of “time to death”.  Quite possibly, no one disputes the likelihood that suffering is prolonged if death is […]

Bungling the future of whales

IWC 2012 Day Two It turned out I was wrong on just about every count yesterday.  First, about the weather.  Today, it rained at 2pm, not 4pm as I had stated.  True, it did come as an unreal downpour as we skirted the pool under shelter after lunch.  When we got to the room the […]

Distant sounds of thunder

  IWC 2012 Day One One of the great things about Panama is the predictability of the weather.  When we got here, about the first thing we learned was that it rained at 4pm each day, with the rain accompanied by thunder and lightning, and that the downpour would stop as suddenly as it began.  […]

Will they ever learn?

IWC 2012 Last year’s IWC 63 meeting in Jersey ended in such disarray that one has to wonder how any of the participants manage to gather together the means to return. Yet indeed we will gather again, this time in Panama, to debate the fate of whales once more, and the future of the International […]

Will they ever learn?

IWC 2012 Last year’s IWC 63 meeting in Jersey ended in such disarray that one has to wonder how any of the participants manage to gather together the means to return. Yet indeed we will gather again, this time in Panama, to debate the fate of whales once more, and the future of the International […]