Not only do we educate our passengers on the boat, we continue the process of sharing off the boat. Below you’ll find links to local marine mammal and orca conservation, whale and wildlife information, science as it relates to marine animals, organizations that dedicate their lives to helping these magnificent creatures of the deep, and a few other important links. For all of our “junior skippers” out there, follow this link to a great treasure chest of learning!
Education when complemented with a genuine passion can be infectious! The Salish Sea is a very small but integral part of the ocean’s ecosystem—let’s take care of it.
Whales and wildlife
- The Center for Whale Research: the southern resident orca population experts. Look for geneology charts
- Orca-Live: recorded and live audio and video of the northern resident orca population
- Orca Network: a coast-wide network of supporters (including Eagle Wing Tours) send in sightings reports that are collected and dispersed via mailing list. Join for free and stay in touch with the orcas from wherever you call home!
- Orca Lab: Dr. Paul Spong’s mid-coast research effort. Good conservation info and general BC coast ecosystem news
- BC Cetaceans Sightings Network: a conservation and research program of the Vancouver Aquarium, in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). They collect sightings of all cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and sea turtles from British Columbia and surrounding waters
- Whale Songs: collective resource for teachers and students that includes a repository of marine mammal lesson plans for educators
- Reunite Luna: after the accidental death of L98 “Luna”, a southern resident killer whale separated from his pod, this NGO focuses on ensuring that there is a plan in place that will make certain that a future solitary orca, such as Luna, will be reunited quickly and efficiently
- Virtual Whales: Simon Fraser University’s cutting edge use of 3D animation and web technologies in interpreting humpback whale behaviour. Amazing!
- Life Size Whale: how do they fit a life-size whale onto your computer monitor? Check it out!
- Race Rocks Ecological Reserve: This is Canada’s first Marine Protected Area and is worth saving for future generations to come. It is the home to an abundant selection of diverse marine inhabitants: seals, sea lions, birds, whales, etc.
- Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) operates undersea observatories for ocean researchers and explorers. ONC delivers real time information from seafloor instruments via fibre optic cables to the University of Victoria, BC. You can see ocean data live, recent and archived as well as learn more about ongoing research
- Vancouver Aquarium: The Vancouver Aquarium is a self-supporting, non-profit society dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display, communication, public programming and education, research and direct action.
- Seattle Aquarium: Although lovely to look at and home to an abundant array of creatures, the Puget Sound is in trouble. The goal is for every visitor to the Aquarium to come away with new knowledge about the life dwelling within the Sound, as well as what can be done to help preserve it
Animal welfare organizations and pages
- Pacific Whale Watch Association
- Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
- David Suzuki Foundation
- American Cetacean Society
- World Wildlife Fund
- Animal Law 101 (US only)
Sound harassment and LFAS (sonar)
- STOP the LFAS Madness
- Silence US Navy’s LFAS/MFA sonar (this site is currently unavailable)