New – Added Cetacean Species
We are all tourists when it comes to whales, dolphins and porpoise.
Whales and Dolphins BC is the non-profit Wild Ocean Whale Society (WOWs)
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Whales and Dolphins BC is dedicated to all who love to see and be in the vicinity of whales, dolphins or porpoises in British Columbia, and to those who would like to be. These marine mammals are both mysterious and awe inspiring. Being in their presence can suddenly make your world a better place.
Whether you go out on the ocean in a kayak, your own or a friend’s boat, whale watching tour, cruise ship, or even a BC Ferry, seeing whales, dolphins or porpoises in the wild is a huge treat that can change a frown into a smile very quickly. It’s truly a “stop and smell the roses” moment.
As a whale tourist, the first thing to learn is How To identify what it is you’re looking at. The “What Species of Whales and Dolphins are in BC?” page offers links to specific details about the individual species of cetacean. It might be a bit more information than you need as a whale tourist, but it will help you “see” the parts of the animal still under the water. We are visiting their element.
The species list and other pages such as the Where To and When To, some video and audio clips and more are being worked on and will be available at various intervals. You can subscribe to the Sightings updates by email or RSS, which actually stands for Really Simple Syndication, feeds direct to your internet browser or mobile device.
Apart from this site, the internet, or library, an aquarium or marine park can be a another place to start to learn about marine mammals and their behaviours in the wild. These venues are full of information ready to be shared.
Before everyone gets too upset with me, I will state right now that I am not a fan of whales in captivity, but there are times when it is necessary. Look at A73, Springer, a young 2 year old Orca (Killer Whale), who had lost her mother and was sick. Some might say we should have let her die, but if we look at things realistically, we are the cause for the decline in marine mammal populations; we’ve upset the balance. Springer was released back to the wild in 2003, and she is thriving with her Resident Killer Whale (Orca) relatives.
Thank goodness we can’t capture and pen a Humpback whale. It would, I’m sure, be spectacular, but most likely deadly for the animal. Unfortunately some dolphins have been easier to capture and “train” for show and other things. They are so highly intelligent, I’m sure there are many times the dolphins train their trainers. There are, however many aquariums and marine parks that do maintain dolphin and porpoise populations that are due to an injury and illness whereby the animal cannot be released back to the wild. It may seem unfair to some of these animals, but they survive only because they are maintained in these locations. Again, some, not all, so blanket statements are not a fair and honest look at these issues. We each make up our own minds as to the rights and wrongs.
Whales and Dolphins BC is aimed to promote the beauty, enjoyment and understanding of what we can, and do, see in the Pacific Ocean along the inside passages of British Columbia.
Not normally publicly political, there are a few issues for the sake of protection of our coast and our marine environment that you will find in this site. When it comes to dolphins, my stand is that the Academy Award presentation for Best Documentary going to “The Cove” is overdue acknowledgment of the true horrors of dolphin (and whale) slaughter. There is also something to be said for propensity of the people who risked their lives to get some of this footage.
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