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Teamwork

June 05, 2017

  One of the things we admire most about orca or killer whale cultures is their commitment to teamwork. They work together to find food, coordinate travel, and thrive in a cold, dark environment where prey are easier to find using sound than light. These whales serve as a great template for people working together to […]

HECTOR and LUCA need a home

August 02, 2012

OK, this has nothing to do with whales or conservation.  A colleague of ours at the University of St Andrews (in Scotland) recently passed away, and his two beautiful flat-coated retrievers, Hector and Luca, need a new home.  Ideally, they’d stay together, but we know that the world isn’t ideal.  Hope you don’t mind our […]

VALUE FOR MONEY

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 […]

OCEAN NOISE: KEY FACTOR IN THE STATE OF THE SALISH SEA

April 19, 2012

Larry Pynn is publishing a special, six-part series on the State of the Salish Sea.  We are happy for our work to be included. His piece on 18 April addresses an issue that resonates with us:  using hydrophones [underwater microphones] to measure ocean noise levels, while simultaneously collecting information on whale presence.  We are a […]

INSPIRATION

March 20, 2012

  “One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am — a reluctant enthusiast… a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. […]

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

March 14, 2012

  Maybe it’s a sign that we’re spending too much time in front of our computers these days, but it’s been fun to post some of our favourite whale & dolphin pictures on Pinterest.  Pinterest is a wildly popular and addictive website that allows you to pin, post & share photographs.  It has allowed us […]

Happy LEAP(S) Year

February 29, 2012

Happy Leap(s) Year! Here, we call it LEAPS Year, because that’s the snazzy acronym for our dolphin project:  Lagenorhynchus Ecology, Abundance and Population Status. This time of year, our dolphin research involves a lot of time in front of the computer.  We’re training computers to screen thousands of hours of underwater recordings to detect dolphin calls in […]