Salish Sea

A humpback whale calf breaches the ocean’s surface in fall 2021. (Credit: Val Shore, Eagle Wing Tours, PWWA)

Record number humpback calves spotted off Greater Victoria in 2021

21 new calves spotted in Salish Sea so far

 

A jellyfish floats seemingly weightless, in this image taken from a video shot in the waters off the Ogden Point breakwater by diver Justin Gross. (YouTube/Justin Gross)

VIDEO: A peek under the Salish Sea off the shores of Victoria

Local diver shares first-person perspective of the wonders of kelp forest

 

L47 (Marina) pictured with her youngest male offspring, L115 (Mystic) in 2011. (Courtesy of the Center for Whale Research)

Salish Sea southern resident killer whale population now 73 after matriarch’s death

47-year-old orca Marina leaves three surviving offspring, two in next generation

 

A Bigg’s killer whale seemingly defies gravity in the waters near Victoria. Photo by Paul Pudwell / Sooke Coastal Explorations
A Bigg’s killer whale seemingly defies gravity in the waters near Victoria. Photo by Paul Pudwell / Sooke Coastal Explorations
A Bigg’s killer whale seemingly defying gravity near Victoria, BC (Photo by Paul Pudwell/Sooke Coastal Explorations)

Nearly 30 Bigg’s orcas observed over long weekend in Salish Sea waters off Victoria

Annual sightings record set for transient orcas known as the ‘wolves of the seas’

A Bigg’s killer whale seemingly defying gravity near Victoria, BC (Photo by Paul Pudwell/Sooke Coastal Explorations)
The WSANEC leadership council is in the beginning stages of setting up a program to monitor southern resident killer whales. (AP file photo/Elaine Thompson)

WSANEC leadership council announces orca monitoring program

Program hopes to build knowledge, restore traditional relationship with the whales

The WSANEC leadership council is in the beginning stages of setting up a program to monitor southern resident killer whales. (AP file photo/Elaine Thompson)
The Pacific Whale Watching Association is urging people not to release balloons as they pose a serious risk to land-based and marine wildlife. (Photo by Pacific Whale Watching Association)

Helium balloons used in Greater Victoria can harm marine life: whale watching group

Balloons often wind up in ocean, potentially ingested by whales, other sea mammals

The Pacific Whale Watching Association is urging people not to release balloons as they pose a serious risk to land-based and marine wildlife. (Photo by Pacific Whale Watching Association)
A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart

VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

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A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)

Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps off Vancouver Island

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Oceans Week Victoria, June 6 to 13, will educate participants on topics like deep sea wildlife and sustainable fishing habits. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oceans Week Victoria offers free virtual events

Dozens of events planned to raise environmental awareness around Oceans Day on June 8

Oceans Week Victoria, June 6 to 13, will educate participants on topics like deep sea wildlife and sustainable fishing habits. (Black Press Media file photo)
The leucistic crab found off the coast of Sooke. (Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea/Twitter)

White crab found off Sooke coast is never seen in Canada

The odds of the crab’s random leucism mutation are as low as one in six million

The leucistic crab found off the coast of Sooke. (Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea/Twitter)
Staff and volunteers at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea were disappointed by the theft of an educational porpoise skull likely taken on Jan. 8. (Courtesy of Tina Kelly)

Well-loved porpoise skull stolen from Sidney aquarium

Skull had been used for youth and visitor education and outreach for years

Staff and volunteers at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea were disappointed by the theft of an educational porpoise skull likely taken on Jan. 8. (Courtesy of Tina Kelly)