Research Projects

We installed a network of hydrophone stations from Hartley Bay to Aristazabal Island. Please see our hydrophone page with diagram and description.

For the last 6 years we have collected data to publish an Abundance paper on Humpback whales from Douglas Channel to Caamano Sound. This paper, once it has been accepted by a review panel will be made available through this website. The results are fascinating and without a doubt indicate a marked increase in the number of humpbacks that are using these waters as a summer feeding ground.

This year we opened an out camp on Rennison Island together with the Gitga’at First Nation. From here we conduct daily whale surveys and collect data on the abundance of Orca and Humpback populations. The information we have gathered so far indicates that there are many more Orca families in this area than previously believed; we just were not looking quite far enough in previous years.

This fall we will begin to analyze the hundreds of hours of the famous humpback whale song and compare the structure of this song from season to season.

Next year we hope to start a project that will involve DNA testing of the humpback population to sex each whale and determine if there is a genetic component to the different relationship and bonds we have witnessed between individual whales.