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General News · 5th April 2019
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The Comeback of the Humpback Whale
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Linnaea Education Center
6:30 pm doors open/ 7:00 pm presentation start
Donations towards MER Society and Cortes Wild!

Cortes Wild! is excited to present the first in our series of natural history speakers for 2019…
…Jackie Hildering, researcher with the Marine and Education (MER) Society based out of NE Vancouver Island, will be speaking on the comeback of Humpback whales to the waters inside Vancouver Island.
Whale-towners are especially excited to welcome the news of Humpbacks coming back into our local waters!!! Let’s come out in number to support MERS research and learn what we can do to ensure Humpback whales always receive the best welcome possible in the waters surrounding Cortes Island!

In addition to sharing MERS’ research on Humpback feeding strategies and rate of entanglement, Jackie will discuss how the fortunate return of these giants from the brink of extinction necessitates increased boater awareness about avoiding collision and what to do if entanglement is witnessed. Their research includes having documented a novel feeding behaviour of Humpbacks dubbed “trap-feeding”.

As an educator, cold water diver and underwater photographer, Jackie is known as “The Marine Detective” with on-camera experience including being featured on Animal Planet’s “Wild Obsession” series and in the BBC productions “New threat to Canada's Pacific Humpback Whales?” and “Ingenious Animals”. She has been awarded the Vancouver Aquarium’s MAN Award for Excellence in Aquatic Education (2010) and has been referenced as the standup comic of marine conservation.
This event indeed promises to be informative and entertaining! See www.mersociety.org.