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Killer whale research Vancouver Aquarium Members of the I11 Matriline: I12 (centre) with her two sons, I78 and I47.

Killer Whale Culture: From Matrilines to Mating Rituals

With the recent flux of summer killer whale sightings in B.C., I’ve often been asked, “Why do we always see killer whales travelling in groups? Are these breeding groups, families, or just random congregations of whales that happen to be at the same place at the same time?” After humans, killer whales have some of the most complex cultures and social structures of any species on the planet. Resident killer whales, or “fish-eaters” are amongContinue Reading: Killer Whale Culture: From Matrilines to Mating Rituals

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Our World Underwater Scholarship

For many people taking a year off to travel to exotic locations and explore the underwater world would be a dream, but for Michele Felberg, it’s a reality. Michele is the 2015 Our World Underwater Scholarship Society Rolex Scholar forContinue Reading: Our World Underwater Scholarship

Seal pup Rescue Centre Vancouver Aquarium

Rescue of the Week: Jenna from Courtenay

On July 15 our Marine Mammal Recue Centre received a call from the Courtenay RCMP with a report from a member of the public who was concerned about a seal pup at the Courtenay Air Park boat launch. Our staffContinue Reading: Rescue of the Week: Jenna from Courtenay

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Paddling for Cleaner Shores

Beautiful British Columbia is home to more than 40,000 islands and upwards of 25,000 kilometres of coastline, a paddlers dream. With thousands of kilometres of remote shorelines only accessible by water, groups like the B.C. Marine Trails Network Association haveContinue Reading: Paddling for Cleaner Shores

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Meet Rachel: Ocean Advocate, eXXpedition Amazon Crewmember

A scientist’s mind is often rational, curious and organized, but it doesn’t explain anything about timing and destiny. Ever since my family’s first vacation to Mexico to escape our Canadian winters, I have been in love with the ocean. NotContinue Reading: Meet Rachel: Ocean Advocate, eXXpedition Amazon Crewmember