Dr. Jim Darling (Whale Trust and the Pacific Wildlife Foundation) and Whale Tales joined with the Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society on Saturday, August 27th for a fantastic evening of delicious food and fin-tastic storytelling!

The event was held at Thompson Park and once again we were graced with beautiful weather and a stunning sunset. Guests mingled and enjoyed the first few courses prepared for the event by Hubertus and the Saturna Cafe before sitting down to enjoy assorted gourmet tacos.

After dinner and introductions, Jim enlightened us with the story of the Humpback Whale song and how researching it first evolved. Jim then moved into his research in song “playbacks” and regaled us with stories of how Humpbacks (and other animals) reacted to similar songs as well as songs from across the world as they are played into the water.

One of the most interesting stories was the very recent discovery of low (40Hz) heartbeat-like sounds made by Humpbacks and how researchers are still trying to discover why it's being made (and by whom)!

The sun had set before we were able to open the floor up to Saturna residents to share their whale stories but stories are always welcome over at! We'd love to hear your tale!

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