The sounds and the silence

We walk out of our kitchen door at dawn and are greeted by the whooshing blow of a humpback whale that ends in a whistle… whew!  So great.  The sounds of humpbacks blowing have become such a routine part of our acoustic scene that we are no longer surprised; we are however, always charmed.   And […]

Winter & Spring Wrap Up; 2010/2011

The winter of 2010/2011 proved to be a dark, cold and windy season with no shortage of precipitation. La Nina was forecast and she definitely took a strong hold. There was rain, snow, hail, sun and wind; storm warnings, hurricane force winds and even a Tsunami advisory! The lack of sun and cold temperatures made […]

some sockeye

The word “some” sometimes means more than a little, as in Winston Churchill’s famous “some chicken, some neck” rejoinder to the comment that Britain would be pummeled into surrender within 3 weeks of an invasion during the early days of Word War II. During the last week, we’ve seen a perfect illustration of this semantic, […]

Robson Bight salvage: mission accomplished – May 19th 2009

The term “Mission Accomplished” has achieved such a tawdry reputation in recent times that one has to be hesitant about using it.  However, occasionally it is appropriate, and well deserved.  We are happy to report that such is the case for the Robson Bight salvage operation.   By 3pm today, the tanker truck laden with 10,000 […]

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 […]