I enjoyed the beginning of my cup of tea and the latest edition of the Blackfish Sounder, the newsletter from the British Columbia Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program.
Wonderful to see they have extended the distance for whale watching tours to 200 yards in the USA – would love to see Canada enact the same legislation to protect these amazing creatures.
Another bad mark for Canadians: when environmental groups had to sue the Department of Fisheries in court to make them do their jobs! They are now protecting the critical habitat for resident killer whales. Good people in the world are watching out for the wonderful beings that share our planet and have no voice in our courts! Way to go!!
I checked the updates for news about “our whale”, Nodales. Sadly, she and her new baby have not been sighted this year and the researchers assume she did not survive the last winter.
Our dear Nodales is no longer available for adoption.
For more photos of Nodales and her pod.
You can read more about my family’s relationship with this wonderful being – check the menu on your right under Rosie Chucklebeary.
I want to reprint the sensible advice given on
of how we can all help protect the killer whales and the other amazing sea creatures we are privileged to share this planet with:
Become a member of the BC Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program and help support important research on wild killer whales and their conservation! Adopt here.
What else can you do to help? Everyday actions can also have a profound impact on the conservation of wild killer whales! Here are some suggestions:
- Protect wild salmon! Salmon are essential for resident killer whales. Help protect and enhance salmon habitat by becoming a member of a local Streamkeepers organization.
- Be Whale Wise! Follow the Be Whale Wise guidelines while watching whales on the water to reduce disturbance on these animals. All boats, both commercial and recreational, should adhere to the whale watching guidelines.
- Report your whale, dolphin and porpoises sightings to the BC Cetacean Sightings Network. Help researchers learn more about the distribution and habitat use of these animals in BC waters.
- Choose sustainable seafood to ensure healthy ocean ecosystems! Learn more about sustainable seafood through the Ocean Wise program at the Vancouver Aquarium.
- Clean up our shorelines! Garbage in the ocean is bad news for all marine life, including killer whales and their prey. Help reduce marine debris by participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup each September.
Make your home and garden whale-friendly! It’s not just factories and manufacturers that dispose of harmful chemicals in the ocean. Every time you dump toxic household cleaning products down your sink, use pesticides in your garden, or improperly dispose of toxic materials, you too are contributing to the pollution that is appearing in our oceans and eventually in the whales. Choose to garden organically, buy biodegradable and green cleaning products and learn more about properly disposing of any toxic materials through your municipality’s waste disposal program. You can help to make others aware by joining the Yellow Fish Road Storm Drain Marking Program which reminds people that everything they put in their sinks, bathtubs, toilets, etc. ends up in the storm drains and eventually our streams, lakes and oceans.
Reduce persistent organic pollutants by using your consumer dollars carefully. PBDEs found in electronics and furniture are a big problem for top predators like killer whales. Many companies however are choosing not to use them in their products. When purchasing new electronics and furniture ask if they are PBDE-free!
Be a green boater! Boats can be a major source of marine pollutants. Reduce your vessels’ impact on the marine environment through the Georgia Strait Alliance’s Green Boater program.
Spread the message. Volunteer with a local marine conservation organization (like the Vancouver Aquarium) to teach others about protecting the oceans and the whales!
When I follow these great suggestions, I will be honoring the memory of Nodales who inspired me and my family for so many years. I hope you will join me. Thank you.