Killer whales hunting on land? Josh McInnis (scientist) and Justine Buckmaster (naturalist) on their wild discovery that some Salish Sea orcas are hunting seals on the shores of Protection Island and how orcas continue to surprise us.

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Photo credits: Justine Buckmaster

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Josh McInnes is a marine ecologist and masters candidate at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries Marine Mammal Research Unit. Josh grew up on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.  For over a decade Josh has studied the ecology and behaviour of transient (Bigg’s) killer whales along the Pacific Coast, but has also traveled to remote locations off British Columbia, Washington State, Alaska, California, Australia, and Antarctica to study marine mammal populations.

Justine Buckmaster is a certified Marine Naturalist currently working at Puget Sound Express. She has been working in the Salish Sea region for over ten years as a guide and educator on whale watching ecotours. Justine works with local marine mammal researchers by providing digital photos and sightings data from her encounters to record proof of presence and unique behaviors of the marine mammal species and populations of the Salish Sea. Justine was raised in southern Washington State near the Columbia River and currently resides in the town of Mukilteo in northern Puget Sound.

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Green Party leader Elizabeth May (@ElizabethMayon Canada’s Free Willy Bill, NDP MP Fin Donnelly (@FinDonnelly)on how we can fight for the law to end shark finning and researcher Josh McInnes on southern resident orcas going south to California. A Skaana triple-header.

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Surprising Orca, Dolphin sightings in Monterey Bay:

VIDEO: Surprising Orca, Dolphin Sightings in Monterey Bay

  • Green Party leader Elizabeth May on the history and future of Canada’s Free Willy” bill.
  • NDP MP Fin Donnelly on how the Liberals may torpedo his anti-finning bill.
  • Researcher Josh McInnes on transient resident orcas and Gerlache orcas in action.

LINKS:

  1. Elizabeth May on the fight to end cetaceans in captivity in Canada https://ipolitics.ca/2019/04/02/free-willy-bill-sent-to-house-of-commons-for-final-vote/
  2. Fin Donnelly’s fight for an anti shark-finning bill https://ipolitics.ca/2019/04/02/donnelly-disappointed-by-liberal-stalling-on-shark-finning-bill/
  3. Southern Resident Orcas swim to California https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/endangered-southern-resident-orcas-seen-swimming-off-california-coast-1.4360793
  4. Gerlache orcas in action vs. penguins https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2265860040139488
  5. To check Canada’s DFO proposals and weigh in before May 3, 2019 http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/consultation/fm-gp/srkw-eprs/index-eng.html
  6. See stunning drone footage of orcas kicking salmon and chasing birds in Monterey Bay https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/environment/article229802934.html#storylink=cpy

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