The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre Announces Plans for New Beluga Conservation Program

Dr. John Nightingale, President and CEO of The Vancouver Aquarium, announced a 12-year beluga conservation program, with plans to open a new and enlarged exhibit in the spring of 2019 and increase investment into the Marine Mammal Research Program.  A small group of non-breeding beluga whales, currently on loan to other facilities in the United … More The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre Announces Plans for New Beluga Conservation Program

New Mariner’s Guide Aims to Reduce the Risk of Cetacean-Vessel Collisions in British Columbia

The coast of British Columbia is home to productive waters, astonishing marine biodiversity, and a booming shipping industry.  All of this adds up to a very busy ocean! On any given day, trawlers, ecotourism boats, recreational vessels, large tankers, and cruise ships can be seen traveling along our coast.  Unfortunately, this marine traffic exposes cetaceans … More New Mariner’s Guide Aims to Reduce the Risk of Cetacean-Vessel Collisions in British Columbia

New Zealand Experiences its Largest Whale Stranding in Decades

On the morning of February 10th, more than 400 pilot whales were found stranded in New Zealand, on a crescent of beach ironically named Farewell Spit.  When rescuers arrived, 300 whales had already died.  Over 500 volunteers have arrived to assist with the rescue effort, organized by Project Jonah.  Although they were able to re-float … More New Zealand Experiences its Largest Whale Stranding in Decades

New Method to Visualize Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Mass Stranded Cetaceans

Whales and dolphins live in an increasingly noisy world; as our population increases and the demand for resources intensifies, so does the anthropogenic noise in our oceans.  Cetaceans are exposed to sonar and other loud noises such as seismic surveys, gas exploration, and offshore development. Hearing is fundamental to cetaceans, who depend on it for … More New Method to Visualize Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Mass Stranded Cetaceans

The Vanishing Vaquita: The Controversial Plan to Save the World’s Most Endangered Marine Mammal

As the world’s population expands and the demand for natural resources intensifies, human impact on the environment is growing at an alarming rate.  We are currently experiencing the worst onslaught of species extinction since the time of the dinosaurs, and humans are to blame.   The vaquita is one such species that has faced an unprecedented … More The Vanishing Vaquita: The Controversial Plan to Save the World’s Most Endangered Marine Mammal

The Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Opens its New Rescue Centre Hospital

For over 40 years, The Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre has rescued and rehabilitated over 100 animals per year. The centre is run by Dr. Martin Haulena and a dedicated team of Veterinary Technicians, rehabilitation specialists, and volunteers. In January, the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre opened the doors to its new hospital.  This $544,ooo project … More The Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Opens its New Rescue Centre Hospital

The Loss of a Matriarch

In modern times, when a beloved celebrity dies, there is an outpouring of grief on social media; the public expresses their gratitude for the individual’s contribution to art and society and recalls their personal connections and experiences with them.  In the scientific community, a similar outpouring occurred with the death of J2, known fondly by … More The Loss of a Matriarch

A Step Towards Quieter Oceans: The Port of Vancouver Launches an Industry-Leading Incentive Program to Help Reduce Underwater Noise

On January 1st, 2017, The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announced a new incentive program, aimed to lessen the impacts of underwater vessel noise on cetaceans.  The Port of Vancouver is the largest port in Canada and the third largest port in North America, making the surrounding waters a hotspot for large cargo vessels and cruise … More A Step Towards Quieter Oceans: The Port of Vancouver Launches an Industry-Leading Incentive Program to Help Reduce Underwater Noise