Conservation

The dolphin days of summer

August 27, 2016

Our team has arrived in the Broughton Archipelago and we are poised to carry out our dolphin photo-ID, health assessment, and disturbance studies. This year, we are thrilled to have an amazing team Laura Bogaard and Doug Sandilands. Laura, a student from Quest University, is our newest research assistant. Doug Sandilands has been working with […]

Which raindrop caused the flood?

April 30, 2016

A lot of the research our charity, Oceans Initiative, conducts is to see how human activities — all of them — affect marine wildlife, both in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. The iconic orca we study illustrate this problem well. According to the latest census by Center for Whale Research, the population is hovering at 84 individuals. […]

Counting and protecting Amazon river dolphins

March 12, 2016

Did you know two species of river ‪dolphin‬ live in the ‪Amazon‬? The pink one is called ‪boto‬, or Inia; the grey one is called ‪tucuxi‬, or Sotalia. Both are gorgeous, ancient species that have become adapted to live their entire lives in freshwater. They are also incredibly tough to spot in muddy waters, and have a […]

Happy World Oceans Day!

June 08, 2015

OK. Every day is Oceans Day around here, but today is the day when people around the world celebrate the 70% of the planet’s surface that provides the oxygen we breathe, the food we eat, home for the whales & dolphins we love to study, safe transportation for internationally traded consumer goods, and a place to reconnect with what’s […]

Happy Valentine’s Day! Show some love for the ocean

February 15, 2015

Valentine’s day can be a pretty lonely time for many people.  Every day seems to be a lonely one for the whale in the North Pacific that sings at a unique frequency — 52 Hz — that no other whale uses to communicate. Researchers and Navy submariners have been listening to this oddball whale for decades, but […]

Happy World Orca Day!

July 14, 2014

Today is World Orca Day. To be honest, we learned that today on Twitter. It’s not a big holiday around here, because doing science to inform killer whale conservation is what we do every day. Every day is Orca Day around here. But in honour of the event, we’ve put together a quick summary of some key ways our […]

Happy World Oceans Day!

June 08, 2014

Happy World Oceans Day! Today we can’t stop thinking of a wonderful quote from Yann Martel’s Life of Pi: “From the Tsimtsum all I had seen were dolphins.  I had assumed that the Pacific, but for passing schools of fish, was a sparsely inhabited waste of water. I have learned since that cargo ships travel too quickly […]

What to get the ocean for World Oceans Day

June 04, 2013

Wow.  Can you believe almost World Oceans Day again?  Are you stressing about what to get the ocean this year?  Relax.  Take a deep, cleansing, blue whale-sized breath, because we’ve got you covered.  This year, Aeroplan’s Beyond Miles Program will donate 1,000* Aeroplan Miles to Oceans Initiative (that’s us!) for each photo or drawing submission they receive […]

Please vote for our Quiet Ocean Campaign

December 15, 2012

Please help our work win much-needed funding to keep whale and dolphin habitat quiet.  It is ridiculously easy for you to help. Click HERE. It’ll take you to Facebook so you can vote for our Quiet Ocean Campaign.  Just click the green button. Great! Thanks! That’s it. Unless you want to ask your friends to vote, […]