Marine mammals

British Columbia’s coastline is 900 kilometres as the crow flies, but includes over 27,000 kilometers of archipelago, inlets, islands and fjords. This geography fosters a spectacular diversity of life but also makes it vulnerable to a variety of threats, from oil spills to increasing industrialization. Our marine conservation program aims to protect marine mammals, marine birds and their habitats.

Pacific white-sided dolphins swim alongside a killer whale, as seen from the air.

Pacific white-sided dolphins hanging around with resident killer whales

We all need friends.  If you’re a Pacific white-sided dolphin that might include your resident buddies. Scientists with Ocean Wise have documented the dolphins hanging around resident (and fish eating) killer whales. Expert Lance Barrett-Lennard suggests they …

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A mother and calf Southern Resident killer whale.

Save the whales: emergency closures needed now

We have been working with partners to compel emergency action from the federal government and, given the dire situation that has unfolded over the last few weeks and the lack of adequate action from the federal government, Raincoast and the David Suzuki Foundation are asking that they go further than the measures we have previously called for…

A painting that looks like a photograph of two orca whales almost hugging half out of the water

Help us save the whales

This week we published new research that shows a 25% chance that the Southern Resident killer whales could be lost within the next 100 years. Lost forever. We also identified what their recovery…

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