the return of summer

The forest floor is starting to go reddish-orange around here, as the cedars shed their summer cloak, and the mornings have a distinct chill about them that comes with fog and feels like fall.  So we know the season is changing.   From what has been happening with the orcas lately, though, you’d think we were […]

supercrowd

When used in relation to British Columbia’s Northern Resident orca community, the term “superpod” refers to a gathering of more than 50 orcas that includes families from all three of the community’s “clans” – A, G, and R.   Pretty much every year, superpods come together in the Johnstone Strait area, creating a truly impressive spectacle […]

Good orca news – June 14th 2008

Just a few hours after we sent our last report about the unsettling situation in Robson Bight, we received a very uplifting email from our colleagues at CetaceaLab (www.whaleresearch.ca) on Gill Island – they had sighted the A30s the day before, and everyone was there!  This news comes as a great relief, as we had […]

Salvage delays – June 10th 2008

In mid May, after months of delay, British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment finally issued a Request for Proposals to salvage the diesel fuel tanker that has been lying at the bottom of Robson Bight since last August’s tragic barge accident.  Several proposals were received by the June 4th closing date, and are now being evaluated […]

Humpback rhapsody – October 12 2007

After being totally eliminated from Northern Vancouver Island waters in 1967, humpback whales are gradually making a return. The Coal Harbour whaling station, on Vancouver Island’s northwest coast (near Port Hardy) was the last whaling station in North America. In 1967, faced with a shortage of whales in nearby Pacific waters, the whalers travelled around […]

Robson Bight oil spill update – August 28th 2007

Robson Bight oil spill update A week has passed since the shocking oil spill inside the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve on August 20th. The oil slick has dispersed and most obvious signs of contamination have disappeared. A few oil soaked dead sea birds were found, and others were observed preening excessively in the […]

Oil spill threatens orcas – August 21st 2007

Yesterday, shortly before noon, a barge laden with logging equipment that included a fuel truck carrying thousands of litres of diesel fuel, spilled its load in the Robson Bight Michael Bigg Ecological Reserve. The fuel truck and numerous other vehicles carrying diesel fuel plunged 200m to the bottom, where the fuel was released and quickly […]

Still looking good! – September 20th 2002

Still looking good! Springer (A73) has spent almost all of the time since our last update in the Johnstone Strait “core area” so we have had many opportunities to observe her. She’s looking great & has been solidly among a large group of orcas from the A clan that has been together for weeks and […]

Springer returns again… still with her family! – July 27th 2002

This day began with reports of numerous orcas arriving from the north… from their calls we knew that several A & G clan families were present, including A1s, A4s, I15s & I31/I11s, but we heard no A5 calls and did not know whether Springer’s companions of the past 10 days (A51 & A61) were there […]