MERS Education


Omuras whale
One of our education tools is our blog, which provides updates on our research and education activities. An especially interesting entry was written by Heidi Krajewsky, a MERS director who is currently on a multi-year sailing adventure in the Pacific Ocean. In May 2012, Heidi and her husband Stephen photographed an Omura's whale in the coastal waters of New Caledonia. This is possibly the first time that a live specimen of this newly discovered species has ever been photo-identified in the wild. Click here to read more.

See a Blow? Go Slow!

See a blow, go slow
MERS is working to mitigate the threats of vessel strike, vessel disturbance, and entanglement in fishing gear for humpback whales, killer whales, and other marine mammals. Our "See a Blow, Go Slow" stickers and signs provide information about how to avoid collisions with marine mammals, and what to do if a collision or entanglement occurs. Click here for more information.

MERS Educational Training

Jackie teaching
MERS Directors provide training to teachers, naturalists, and kayak guides in marine mammal and invertebrate biology and conservation, as well as in educational approaches. Click here for information about our 2017 Marine Naturalist Training workshop.

Community and Education Events

Since 2010, MERS educators have been sharing information about our research with members of the public. Some of our educational activities to date include:

  • Christie McMillan providing presentations on humpback whale entanglement for Nature Vancouver and for Langara College
  • Jackie Hildering sharing her knowledge on humpback whales and nudibranchs during talks at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre
  • Caitlin Birdsall and Leah Thorpe sharing some of MERS' recent humpback research at the Pacific Rim Whale Festival
  • Jared Towers presenting on MERS minke whale research, Heidi Krajewski speaking about her sighting of a rare Omura's whale, and Christie McMillan presenting on MERS humpback whale entanglement research at the University of British Columbia's Marine Mammal Symposium