Update on Whales in the Salish Sea


SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017 1:00 PM

Saturna Community Hall
$10 at door, 18 years and under are free
refreshments served

Photo by Mark Malleson

Mark Malleson

Whale Observer

See Mark’s stunning photography of whales and hear his observations on whales in our waters. Mark is the senior zodiac skipper and wildlife guide at Prince of Whales Whale Watching in Victoria, where he shares his passion for the ocean with people from all over the world. Since 1997, Mark has been involved in photographing whales year round to help researchers better understand whale movement in southern B.C. waters. He is a lead contributor to a photo identification catalogue of Bigg’s transient killer whales of B.C. and S.E. Alaska published by the Cetacean Research Program. He is also documenting humpback whales in the waters of Southern Vancouver Island and Washington State. Mark has produced a humpback whale catalogue in collaboration with the Centre for Whale Research and the Cetacean Research Program at DFO. He contracts for DFO as a research assistant and volunteers with the Center for Whale Research.

Dr. Lauren McWhinnie


Lauren will be giving an overview of the current status of the Southern Resident Orcas and the multiple threats they’re facing. She’ll talk about her work as part of MEOPAR’s NEMES project assessing how often cetaceans are entering Boundary Pass through acoustic and visual data, as well as the level of vessel noise they are being exposed to in this area.

SEATALKS | Saturna Environmental Awareness Talks presented by Saturna Island Marine Research & Education Society | SIMRES