OrcaLab assistants 2017 – Suzie

I write this with a tinge of sadness, as my time on Hanson Island has almost come to an end. In two days, I’ll be leaving behind one of the most beautiful places on earth. In one sense, it seems to have flown by so quickly, but in another, this place truly feels like home […]

OrcaLab assistants 2017 – Marissa

[Photo credit: Lea Specht] Finding the right words to describe my time here at OrcaLab has proven difficult. There have been so many memories made and experiences had, that anything I could say would fall short of accurately portraying the intensity with which the past two months’ events have been felt. One of my favourite […]

OrcaLab assistants 2016 – Tomoko

  [Orcalab Japan] (後半に日本語で書いた同じ内容の記事があります) This is my 18th summer here at Orcalab. There are two different reason why I keep coming back here every summer. One reason is that I just can’t stop my passion to learn more and more about Orcas! After 18 years I possibly know a little bit about them, but every […]

OrcaLab assistants 2016 – Shari

I really don’t know where to start – I think that anyone who reads this, who hasn’t themselves been to the Johnstone Strait it will all sound too far fetched, too romanticised and exaggerated, and, those that have witnessed the unrelenting majesty that this region exudes will know that there are no adjectives that could […]

OrcaLab assistants 2016 – Dylan

  I didn’t get to spend a lot of time at Orca Lab this year, but it was well worth it. I feel so fortunate to be able to come to Hanson Island. I not only get to meet new people and see old friends, but also spend time in one of the most beautiful […]

OrcaLab assistants 2016 – Nik

My time at OrcaLab (by Niklas Hausemann) Ever since I first visited OrcaLab with my parents in 2012 for a quick chat and coffee with Paul and Helena, I knew that at some point I would like to come and volunteer over a summer. My first time to Vancouver Island was in 2008 when I […]

Chris’ blog

‘What have I gotten myself into?’ That was the thought process running through my head in the weeks before I left Victoria for OrcaLab. I was brought on to be the cook for the station this summer, a job normally carried out by Helena on top of all her other responsibilities. Food has always been […]

Ally’s blog

  Our species is in a large part defined by our amazing capacity for complex language. Some will argue that it is this capacity that sets us apart from other species. Anyone who has spent any time listening to the communicative sounds of orcas knows this to be false; that in orcas we find a […]

Kate’s blog

I still remember January 23, 2013 clearly; I was spending the night with my best friend celebrating her birthday when I got the email that changed my life forever.  I was accepted to come to Orcalab; a lifelong dream came true! The next month I was asked to come as early as I possibly could […]

Megan’s Blog

This time two years ago the Pacific Northwest was a very distant dream of mine that had been manifesting since i was 11 when I asked for a copy of ‘Orca: A whale called killer’ for my birthday.  Growing up in England reading books about the history of Orca and the pioneering work that was […]