Public invited to learn about humpback whales in our waters

Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host a free online lecture by Jackie Hildering. The lecture entitled The Return of Giants! is on Sunday October 18, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

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Given the current situation with the Covid-19 virus, Comox Valley Nature has made arrangements to have a live, online webinar for Jackie’s presentation. You will need to pre-register:

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The fortunate increase of humpbacks along BC’s coast is a game changer for vessels of all sizes. It is essential for boaters to know how unpredictable humpbacks can be. They are often oblivious of boats and do not have the biosonar/echolocation of toothed whales like Orca. They can suddenly surface after long dives and are often moving in unpredictable patterns whereby, if it is assumed that they are travelling in a straight line, risk of collision is increased.

The preliminary results of research by the Marine Education & Research Society (MERS) also indicate how severe a threat entanglement is, with about 50% of the humpback whales having scarring from entanglement. These are the survivors. Most whales that die from collision or entanglement sink to the bottom of the ocean.

Join the webinar to learn about the wonder of humpbacks and about how to reduce threats to both whales and boaters.

Jackie is a cofounder of Humpback Whale Researcher & Education and is the Communications Director for MERS. Jackie taught biology and administered international schools in the Netherlands for 14 years and since returning to BC in 1999, has worked as a marine naturalist and naturalist trainer striving to create positive environmental change. Her work has included being the local Department of Fisheries and Oceans Education Coordinator, Communications Director for the SOS Marine Conservation Foundation and Community Liaison for the ‘Namgis First Nation’s KUTERRA land-based salmon farm. She uses her underwater photography and storytelling as “The Marine Detective” to increase awareness of the biodiversity, mystery and fragility of life in the NE Pacific Ocean. For Jackie’s full bio, please visit the MERS website here.

This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about the humpback whales in our area.

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