OrcaLab at work

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  1. Kim Doney says:

    Our office in partnership with Marine Renewables Canada, SRM Projects Ltd and Dynamic Systems Analysis are hosting a Public Open House on Thursday, April 18th from 7-9pm to discuss upcoming Tidal Energy project development in our area, environmental effects of marine energy installations and a North Coast Tidal initiative. We would like to send your company an official invitation to attend. Please contact our office to provide us with an email so that we can send you the necessary information.
    Thank you for your time.

    Kim Doney
    Executive Assistant
    Campbell River Economic Development Corporation (Rivercorp)

  2. Elena Schall says:

    Dear Orca-Lab-Team,
    My name is Elena Schall and I am a bachelor graduate in biology from the University of Bremen. I am specialized on marine mammal bioacoustics. Through this email I would like to get a real email-adress to send my application for a volunteer or trainee position at the orca lab. I would like to volunteer in a variable period of time between the 15.09.2013 and the 15.12.2013.
    If there are further questions or need of any other documents or details, please contact me. Certificates or report cards also can be send upon request.
    I would be very pleased, if you could provide any opportunity to volunteer in the mentioned timeframe.
    With best regards,
    Elena Schall

  3. Steve says:

    Hi – Looks like you are doing great work up there – nice website. I am planning our annual sea kayak trip and will be launching from Telegraph cove the morning of July 14th. Is there a chance we could stop by, say hello, and see your operation? We are a group of 7 including 2 middle school boys.

    Cheers- Steve

  4. Debra Kaukol says:

    Dear Orca Lab,
    I appreciate the work you are doing protecting and studing the orca’s. I have been up close and personal with them on kayaking trips.
    I will be in Alert bay next summer (2014), is there a possibility of helping out? I have started my new life at 56 years of age. I would love to help in any capacity that you have for me. I do travel with my golden retriever and aust. sheppard. I will be at Alert bay in June through August, but can really come at any time. Please let me know if this is just a dream for me or that I could help in any way. Thank you for your time and your good work.
    Deb Kauol

  5. Nadine says:

    Hi there!

    I am Nadine, 19 years old and I live in Switzerland. I love Orcas since I am a little girl. This summer I was on Vancouver Island to watch whales and I recognized that I want more than only watching them. I would like to study, research, observe them.
    So I wanted to ask you if there is any possibility to work as a volunteer at Orca Research Trust?

    Looking forward to your answer.

  6. Nadine says:

    Sorry, of course I mean OrcaLab, not Orca Research Trust!

  7. Anaïs says:

    Hey, my name is Anaïs i’m a french 21years old student . I will start my first year of master in marine biology at Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris, France) and i am wondering if it would be possible to do an interniship with Orca Lab ?
    Best regards

  8. Monica says:


    My name is Mónica I’m from Mexico. I’m a kayak guide from sea kayak adventures. Recently I visited the orca lab and I really love it. To be there was one of the best experience of my life and watch and hear the orcas while I was kayaking in johnstone strait. I have been working with whales for a while first as a dolphin trainer and then as a guide in Baja California south with the gray whales. I’m an animal lover but I feel a special love for whales. I will like to volunteer with you any time and be part of this beautiful project and do whatever is necessary. Please send me information of what I have to do. Or an e mail adress to apply. Thank you very much!

  9. Meaghan says:

    Hello –

    I’d like to know how to volunteer. I work for a nonprofit in Seattle, managing communications & social media, and would like to contribute to OrcaLab if I can. I have a great respect for volunteers, their dedication and passion. My love for orcas and the ocean has been around since I was a little girl.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

  10. Joel Fletcher says:

    My 6 year olddaughter is very passionate about Orca whales and wants to raise awareness in her school about Orcas in captivity. We have the support of our school and would like to get some pamphlets and worksheets about orcas and their habitat here in Northwest Washington State to hand out to her classmates. Where would I go for something like this? We are also interested in having a guest speaker come talk to the children about our precious resources. Please get back with any information on who I might speak to about this. Love what you guys do. Thank you so much
    please get back
    Joe Fletcher
    8381 Pheasant Drive
    Blaine WA 98230

  11. Gerhild says:


    we are a family of Germany with 2 boys(7,9)
    We lived in Vancouver for a few months in 2007 and love orcas a lot.
    We found your website a few days ago and it was impressing to see what and how you are doing for our favourite animals.
    But now we have a question: Due to the fact that we have very good friends in Maple Ridge, BC we come to Canada a lot.
    Would there be the possibility of helping at your Place or in your organisation once we are there again? We don’t want to earn money and it don’t have to be an important activity… It just would be so great for the boys and the whole family to share this experience.

    Maybe you can answer me and tell me all the possibilities.

    Thanks in advance and all the best.

    Yours Sincerely,


  12. Deborah says:


    I am a italian student of marine biology and I’m contacting you because I would like to work onKiller whale skulls and bones and I would greatly like to apply the methodology as outlined in ” Lateral mandibular wall thickness in Tursiops truncatus: variation due to sex and age” .

    I would like to work with you and your group so, if you want, I will send you attached to e-mail the ” COMPANY AGREEMENT FORM” to make thesis in your country from October 2014 to March 2015.
    Can you help me or do you know someone that could help me?

    I have worked as a paleontologist at La Sapienza university in Rome (Italy) with Carmelo Petronio, so my name appears on ” Catastrophic death assemblages from the Late Pleistocene of Italy : the case of Avetrana karst filling (Taranto, Southern Italy)” Petronio, Pandolfi & Salari 2012.

    I have worked on Ursus etruscus bones. I love bones!

    Thanking you in advance,
    please accept my best wishes.

    Deborah Vicari

  13. Lucas says:

    My name is Lucas Lyerly and I attend Coastal Carolina University in the United States as a marine science major. I am pursuing a career in marine conservation and environmental studies. I have been studying Orcinus orca on my own time since the early summer and have been utterly fascinated by this species of marine mammals. I am very adamant about making a difference in the policies and care of these creatures and want to know three things. 1.) As many other people, I want to know if students may possibly work as student assistants at Orca Lab depicted in David Kirby’s “Death at SeaWorld” book? I have been trying to find a program that invites students to work and study Orcinus orca. If not, are there any suggestions for programs? 2.) As a junior in the marine science program I am ever realizing that there are too many subjects of study that I want to pursue. What may be a suggestion for a graduate program to enter that involves cetacean research coupled with the conservation aspect and environmental studies? 3.) I am trying to read as much as I can on this species and my own “google” search for more books is not what I am looking for. Are there any recommended readings, either books or scientific journals that may interest me? I would really appreciate any input to one or all of these questions. Thank you so much!

    -Lucas Lyerly

  14. Katie says:

    I am going to be in Vancouver this summer with my 13 year old sister. She wants to learn more about whales and cetaceans in general but doesn’t want to go to an aquarium. Do you have any recommendations other than whale watching that we could do where she could learn more about wild orcas and the research currently going on?

  15. Andrea says:

    I’m a Canadian musician (singer-songwriter, film scoring, electronic experimental) currently based in Toronto. I recently watched the documentary, “Blackfish”. Along with a slew of painful emotions I experienced while watching this film, I did find joy and intense fascination in hearing some of the brief audio clips of Orca communication. I would love to have access to, or gather audio clips or samples to work with, ideally to make into a piece of music. My intention would not be merely exploitation, but exposure and appreciation for the communication capabilities of these creatures.
    I will be in British Columbia in August and would happily make my way to your facility to record the audio myself if that is your preference. I would be happy to volunteer in whatever capacity needed in exchange.
    Please contact me at your earliest convenience with any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you very much for your consideration.

  16. Mariah Bergeson says:

    I am a recent Western Washington University alumni, I graduated in June with a bachelor of science in biology with marine emphasis and a minor in chemistry, and would love to get involved in the work that you do. Like Andrea I find orca acoustics particularly fascinating. I would love to explore some of the transient vocalizations as little is known because they are rather quiet. Not only that but they alter their pod affiliation more so than residents. I am curious as to how their vocalizations change when they do this and what may drive their changes in pod affiliation. I am sorry for your recent loss and I look forward to hearing from you.
    Mariah Bergeson

  17. Marion Colard says:


    I’m Marion Colard, a student in Master 2 in an university of communications in Belgium
    I’m currently looking for an internship of three months (or more) in an organization. I would like to send you my request. Could you give me a proper emaila-dress ?

    Please write me back ,
    Yours sincerley,

    Marion Colard

  18. Fred Mazzola says:


    I’m a french graphic designer. I heard about the OrcaLab form a book in France and from the Paul Spong’s work. I’m in Vancouver since last year and I trully want to be part of the OrcaLab. Do you need any assistant? I’m a contractor so I have availability during the week. I have plenty of ideas on how I can be helpfull. Please let me know. I look forward hearing from you.

    Kind regards,

  19. Hiro says:

    Hi, in the clip, I say that I like killer whales the best!


  20. Paraskevi Papantoniou says:


    I am a graduate student of the Master 1 Ecology-Ethology at the University Jean Monnet in France and I would like to be informed if there would be a possibility to do my 6-month internship that is provided for the second year of the master in collaboration with the Orca Lab. The subject of my internship for the first year was the whistles of pantropical spotted dolphins so I am highly interested in bioacoustics and in similar subjects. Thank you in advance for your reply.

    Yours faithfully,
    Paraskevi PAPANTONIOU

  21. Tom says:

    My name is Tom and my friend Louise and I ( both 19) are from the U.K. and looking for volunteering abroad- needless to say, Orcalab looks incredible! We are both passionate about marine wildlife. Do you offer volunteer placements and, if so, how would we apply?
    I look forward to a reply from you.
    Many thanks,

  22. Alejandro Herrero says:

    Good afternoon.
    I am an Spanish 18 year old student who is looking forward to join, in 2015 the Uni of Glasgow as a Zoology Student. Before going to the University I have decided to get a Gap year to learn a bit about some different projects related to Biology and Zoology. And I have been looking for lots of things by now… And then I found your projects! It is amazing and I would love to help, is there any chance of volunteering with you? I am not very experienced but I am very motivated and I have been working in the Cetaceans Research and Rescue Unit in 2014 , where I got the Marine Mammal Medic certificate and also a bit of experience in the field.

    I was looking for some kind of internship for 4-8 months I’ll do anything needed, even if I have to clean the boat or anything. I would like to start around November… Is there any chance? Please I’ll do anything!

    I am an Open Water Diver and I have been coaching Rugby and Basketball for a few years, also teaching Biology Maths and Spanish to children… And I have also some experience working with handicaped children… If an of that could help to find a job, great! If not, it is just some extra info.

    I am really interested in the whole Marine Biology world and zoology and that interest increased working with the CRRU, that is why I am going to work hard to find something related to that to work in during my gap year, and, when I get there I will make big efforts to learn as much as I can.

    Thank you for reading and I will be looking forward to hearing from you.

  23. Johannes says:


    As I can see, I am not the only one being interested getting in touch with the orcalab and learning more about these amazing animals. I would guess, that your work mostly depends on volunteers and friends of the orcalab but there also might be a limited capacity and selection depending on qualification and skills people can ship in.
    I am not a biologist, so I do not bring scientific knowlege about cetatians or orcinus orca, but as many others I enjoy studying for myself whatever information I can gather.

    I already tried to get on Craig Matkin’s research vessel in Prince William Sound about 7 weeks ago, as I have been in Alaska, but to me it seems the orca volunteering market is pretty much saturated.

    Still, I was wondering, if some other skills that I can offer might help you keeping the lab running or improving.
    I am 28 years old and originally from germany. I am a carpenter by trade and have a university degree in construction engineering. Due to my very technical interest I can do all kinds of handy work. That includes but is not limited to construction, woodwork, carpentry, metal work, mechanics, electrics, electronics and all kinds of fixing gear and machines. I am an experienced scuba diver, know how to take ID-shots, have an international sport-boat licence and can get myself into pretty much everything.

    So if there is a roof to patch, an engine to repair, a hydrophone to wire, an amplifier to solder, a recording system to install or some other project you are planning to get going and need a hand for, let me know!! 🙂

    I am in Campbell River right now and are heading, armed with my binoculars, up to Telegraph Cove tomorrow. I am travelling on my own, so I am very flexible in time and available from now on!

    I would enjoy hearing back from you, also if you are blessed with having already enough support for now. I would love hepling you in whatever work there is to do, and if not I hope you can and will keep on going researching and posting about the orcas!

    sunny greetings,

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