Sunday, 25 July 2010 14:14

A Whale Parade

The ocean laps with the gentlest rhythm, and the sun gradually resumes its familiar place on the rocky horizon. We set out yesterday on one of these peaceful Great Bear mornings for our first whale survey as interns. Light had just begun to dust the cedar branches, and the ocean had only the most delicate of wrinkles. We slowly made our way up Squally Channel – one of the proposed routes for the Enbridge tankers -- hoping to spot the curve of a dorsal fin or any indication of whales in our midst.

The morning is always the most beautiful part of the day in the Great Bear. Dawn creeps over the mountains in the early hours, softly igniting the landscape with pale hues – blues and greens and purples. As colour returns to Gil Island, the noisy laughter of ravens breaks the morning silence. Life slowly begins to quiver.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010 14:15


On May 20th we had a sighting of the A36s with A12 in Whale Channel. It was a beautiful calm day with amazing visibility. The whales were spread out across the channel as they were heading south towards Campania Sound. We saw A37, A46 and A12. But there was no sign of A32! It was our first sighting since January 23rd when all three boys were with A12. We went home with a big lump in our throats, but thought that he perhaps was off by himself somewhere and we simply missed him. However, since that day we had several other encounters with the A36s and each time we were frustated not to be able to see A32. Yesterday, we saw them again as part of a large superpod in Squally Channel, resting in their group of three, A12 in the middle of A37 and A46. We now believe that A32 is missing! Like for so many other people, A32 has always been very special to us. The Northern Resident Community has lost an important member and for us personally, we will cherish the memory of every encounter we had with him over the last two decades and his powerful presence will remain forever in our hearts.

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