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General News · 11th April 2019
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The Cortes Wild! Partnership thanks the community for their great turnout, last night, for Jackie Hildering’s Marine Education & Research Society’s (MERS) presentation on the comeback of humpback whales to our local waters.

We learned that, unbelievably, 86 individual humpback whales were identified in local waters over the course of last year! These humpback whales are returning to seasonally feed in our rich, marine waters following their extermination, by whaling, which started 150 years ago when the Dawson Whaling Company established a tryworks in Whaletown Bay in 1869.

Our thanks to Jackie Hildering & MERS colleagues for their dedicated work in documenting the …return of these giants! Cortes Wild! gifted Jackie with a ten dollar blue whale stamp hand canceled at the Whaletown Post Office; she was delighted beyond words!

Jackie has sent along the following links for all new Cortesian citizen science recruits to the MERS humpback whale research community:

1. E-mail ALL SIGHTINGS WITH PHOTOS of humpback whale dorsal fins and tail fluke undersides to MERS at along with date, time, location (ideally w/ GPS coordinates) and photographer's name.

2. Sightings with and without photos may be made online to the BC Cetacean Sightings Network at with date, time, location (ideally with GPS coordinates) and observer's name. This site will also link you to the BC Cetacean Sightings app. for both iphone and android.

3. The new marine mammal regulations and best practices are available at Give all whales, dolphins and porpoises a minimum of 200m space. When you see a blow…go slow, to avoid collision.
It is now mandatory to report all incidents of collision and entanglement to DFO at
1 800 465 4336. New informational signage for boaters is going up on all of our local docks.

As a community, let us be diligent on the water when welcoming… the return of giants!!!