Category Archives: Humpback whales

Puzzle Pieces

Want a glimpse into the world of trying to study Humpbacks as individuals? It’s key to everything we do. If we can’t recognize the whales as individuals, we can’t count them; or know their range; or determine rate of entanglement; or … Continue reading

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Because you care . . .

Below, as requested, we have bundled the various ways support can be provided through meaningful gift-giving. Please know that we could not do it without you . . . our work to understand and reduce risks to whales . . . … Continue reading

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Two Months and Two Humpbacks Entangled at the Same Location – What Can We Learn?

[UPDATE: November 29: Another Humpback Whale has died in open-net fish farm gear. This is the 2nd Humpback Whale dead at a fish farm in two weeks and the 3rd that is known to have been entangled in fish farm gear … Continue reading

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What a Fluke!

Written by Marissa Morison, MERS Research Assistant (thank you Canada Summer Jobs for making the position possible). On a chilly Tuesday morning we prepare to depart from a quaint little dock in Telegraph Cove. I eagerly await a day on … Continue reading

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Which Whale Will it Be?

[Update April 11, 2016: It’s Argonaut! Argonaut will be the next whale in our Humpback Sponsorship Program! Great thanks to all who provided their input. We will have Argonaut sponsorship packages available by mid-May.] Which whale will it be? You … Continue reading

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A (spectacular!) day of MERS research

Posted by Christie McMillan (MERS President and humpback whale research director): Even though it has been 10 years since my first summer working with whales off northeastern Vancouver Island, there are still days that leave me stunned at how incredible … Continue reading

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Are humpback whales threatened in BC?

For the past decade MERS has conducted research on humpback whales in the waters off northern Vancouver Island. With the help of fellow north island researchers, community members, and ecotourism companies, especially Stubbs Island Whale Watching and Seasmoke Whale Watching, we … Continue reading

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