Category Archives: Humpback whales

MERS whale watch fundraiser

Yesterday’s whale watching fundraiser for the Marine Education and Research Society was a huge success, thanks to Jim and Mary Borrowman of Orcella Expeditions, and everyone who came out to support MERS… and of course, to the amazing wildlife of … Continue reading

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Rescuing “Cutter” the Humpback Whale

As the days begin to shorten, the waters off northeastern Vancouver Island team with activity as every animal is trying to get in their catch before the season is over. While using this opportunity to collect some data on the … Continue reading

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Meet Slash and her calf, Stitch

For the past two weeks, whenever the weather has allowed, I have been out by Bold Head (at the eastern end of Queen Charlotte Strait) collecting data on humpback whales. This area is transformed at this time of year… earlier … Continue reading

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How important are herring to humpback whales?

Each spring, humpback whales in the eastern North Pacific Ocean travel from warm waters off Hawaii or Mexico up to the cooler, temperate waters off B.C. and Alaska.  What brings them back up here is food; the tropical and sub-tropical … Continue reading

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MERS in Mexico

A small sailboat isn’t always the easiest platform for observing whales. We certainly worry less about our fuel consumption, but it isn’t easy to keep a steady hand on the camera, especially when the wind and waves get boisterous. The … Continue reading

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February Humpback!

Yesterday, Jared and I (the two Alert Bay-based MERS Directors) took advantage of some calm weather and headed out on the water to see if there were any whales around. Thanks to a report from Jim Borrowman of Stubbs Island … Continue reading

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