Whale Haven

by Inga Yandell

Looking across the foreshore of Campania Island at the many whale spouts hanging in the air, I am reminded of how our conservation work is guided by field seasons—fall’s great salmon migration, cold and clear wintertime diving, spring herring spawn and, come summer, it is all about cetaceans.

At no other time of the year are there so many different species of whales on our coast. Northern resident killer whales, the fish-eaters, are coming together to form superpods. On some days we are witnessing more than fifty individuals following the salmon migration into the mainland fjords of the Great Bear Rainforest. The transient killer whales, the marine-mammal eaters, are forever travelling between seal and sea lion haul-outs, teaching the young how to hunt (0:59). Stealth and surprise are their primary hunting tools. These whales can live for almost a century—they cannot afford to lose an eye to wary prey.

This compilation of stunning aerial footage shot by our friends at Pacific Wild, documents unique behaviours of some of the fin, humpback, and killer whales that call the Great Bear Sea home.

For related research and education activities, visit PacificWild.org

Take action. Please share a link to this video (http://bit.ly/WhaleHaven) with three people to help us make sure people understand the risks LNG proposals and projects like Enbridge Northern Gateway pose to cetaceans.

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Inga Yandell
Explorer and photo-journalist, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide educational resources and a platform for science exploration.
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