OrcaLab assistants 2017 – Max

MON JUL 3RD – ARRIVAL An unmistakable whistle permeates the camp. Tools are downed, and all legs rush to the lab. The calls intensify as they approach our hydrophone on Flower Island – the Western-most threshold of the 50km2 OrcaLab acoustic network. Notions of shifts, timetables and rotas fall away; the orcas have announced their […]

Corky’s saddest day number 48

Perhaps the strangest thing about the passage of time is that one becomes accustomed to it. Days months years roll by and we scarcely notice until ultimately we look in a mirror. Many of us have the feeling that time is accelerating, passing more quickly, that the years are flashing by now, almost as a […]

OrcaLab assistants 2017 – Shari

Reflecting on the third August I spent at CP (Cracroft Point) has been harder than I’d anticipated. It feels as though it was an oasis of scientific passion, a place dedicated to understanding and protecting non-human persons; a place to reflect on and relish the wondrous beauty of the natural world. This year, however, I […]

OrcaLab assistants 2017 – Karien

[Photo credit: Momoko Kobayashi] As many of us volunteers, I didn’t really know where to begin when I started to write this blog post. So I’ll take it back to last year, September 2016, when I just graduated from University. Decisions had to be made; do I start looking for a job or do I […]

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’s push to become oil free

For more years than I can remember, despite the great good fortune of being surrounded by the incredible beauty of British Columbia’s wilderness, we’ve been dependent on energy from oil to maintain our project and lifestyle. Over the years, we’ve gone through so many generators and burned so much fossil fuel to run them that […]

Corky’s saddest day number 47

December 11, 2016 Corky’s saddest day number 47 It’s hard to know what it actually means for her, but today, December 11th 2016 marks the 47th anniversary of Corky’s capture. Separated from her family, and surrounded by concrete walls that totally exclude the sounds of the ocean, for nearly 5 decades she has been deprived […]

IWC66 postscript

  Postscript Beating the drum Sidney Holt’s book Save the Whale! Memoirs of a whale hugger may not yet be a best seller (it will be) but it encourages me to believe that we (the whales) will win. Win what? The privilege of spending the next generation, hundreds, thousands of years swimming around in a […]

IWC 66 Day Five

IWC 66 Day Five The sands of time Day Five of this meeting was devoted to Finance and Administration, a normally pedestrian subject, but one that produced unexpected drama. The resolution on providing assistance to countries with limited means came back to the floor in a form that didn’t please a large number of delegations, […]