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, […]

Why are you in Scotland when the whales you study are in Canada?

June 26, 2012

We get asked that question a lot. Today, we saw the best answer possible to that question, in E.O. Wilson’s amazing TED talk, called “Advice to Young Scientists”. We’ll wait while you watch it. Wilson outlines the lessons learned from his career in interdisciplinary science as a series of basic principles, but the most important […]


June 05, 2012

In these troubled economic times, scientists are under increasing pressure to (a) demonstrate the value of the services we provide to society, and (b) find creative ways to provide those services at ever-lower cost.  Money is scarce, and environmental research is competing for funding with other worthy causes.  Because many of the biggest foundations in […]

Earth Hour

March 31, 2012

We spent a very quiet, peaceful Earth Hour in a small village by the sea in Scotland.  Wherever you are this year, we hope you find an hour to unplug and reflect. Check out these earth-friendly tips from the people at Bullfrog Power and some of their customers.