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Nippy (BCX1262) with her 2018 calf ©MERS, MML-42

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  • We aim to be of use to the media on content related to reducing threats to the marine environment, commenting on marine conservation issues, and interpreting marine mammal science with a focus on British Columbia.

    Please direct media inquiries to Jackie Hildering, Humpback Whale Researcher and Education and Communications Director.

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Media contact has focused on Humpback Whales off the coast of British Columbia and the impacts of vessel strike and entanglement.

We filmed with the BBC for Planet Earth III for Episode 7 “Human” which will air on December 3 in Europe, December 16 on BBC America, and April 21 2024 in Canada.

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Conger (BCY0728) ©Ocean Wise, MML-18

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July 24, 2023

Boater survey. Big prizes!

Please can you help?There are big prizes and big gratitude! We are conducting a survey for recreational boaters who paddle, sail,…

December 19, 2023

2023 MERS Annual Report

As 2023 comes to a close, we want to report out about our achievements this year. Our 2023 Annual Report highlights some…

December 1, 2023

Working with the BBC on Planet Earth...

By Jackie Hildering & Christie McMillan,Humpback Researchers, Marine Education & Research Society  [Update  December 1, 2023.Also see our article featured on…

November 30, 2023

What Whales Do for You – Whale...

[Update  December 1, 2023.Also see our article featured on the BBC’s “Making Planet Earth III” page. This blog is full of…

November 7, 2023

Mola / Sunfish Research

Do you have photos of Sunfish (aka Mola) sighted off the coast of British Columbia or Alaska? If you do, you…

October 4, 2023

Ocean Voices

Ocean Voices – Education to decrease noise impacts to marine mammals Living in a world of soundMost animals that live in…

September 16, 2023

Whoo hoo! Whale Poo.

Freckles the Humpback is back, with a splash! And yes, that’s whale poo. Freckles was tail-lobbing which makes it easier to…

September 2, 2023

Planet Earth III

Reading this makes our hearts race.It’s real. It’s happening.For all of you who help us, you have helped with THIS. Here…

August 27, 2023

Yes, he’s an Orca.

We’ve received questions about B13 (Yakulta), an Orca whose fin is fully flopped over. His fin has been like this for…

August 17, 2023

Another Humpback Hit By a Boat

Compelling?Harlequin the Humpback Whale was hit by a boat. See video below. This is one of the seven known hits of…

August 15, 2023

More Mola!

Yes we want your Mola sightings!Be they recent or from the past. The research continues into the TWO species of Mola…

May 25, 2022

Deep Dive – Inukshuk the Humpback

Inukshuk is back. We saw him back for the first time this year in the feeding grounds near northeastern Vancouver Island…

March 7, 2022

The Minke Whale Named Volcano

What follows the timeline and details for a dead minke whale found near the Sointula breakwater. Written by MERS team member,…

December 31, 2020

Bird Bricks

Morbidly fascinating but . . . this is pure marine biology gold when reflecting on 2020. It’s our final gift to…

October 27, 2019

A Humpback With 11 Birds in His...

A Humpback With 11 Birds in His Mouth? Humpback Whales and Their Bycatch Over the years we at MERS have documented…

September 25, 2019

A Whale Named Terry

Blog written by MERS team member – Jackie Hildering Education and Communications Director, Humpback Researcher, MERS Co-Founder  Try to stop the…

May 7, 2019

Fin Whales to Receive Less Protection?

Announced yesterday,  the protection of Fin Whales off Canada’s Pacific Coast is being reconsidered. The independent panel of experts tasked with…

March 26, 2019

To Kill Seals and Sea Lions?

Update Jan 2020. Original post with background begins as of blue text. Quotes/ content below from: Trites, AW and Rosen, DAS (eds).…

July 27, 2018

Whale “Mugging”?

Last update: August 6, 2023 This information is being provided: 1) As background for boaters to better understand these interactions and…

July 15, 2018

Ocular and Slash – Ambassadors of the...

Another whale has recently been documented with scarring from entanglement. We’ve identified the whale as Ocular, born in 2016 to Slash…

September 27, 2017

How to Save a Whale

“How to Save a Whale” is an essential resource on the risks of collision and entanglement. It was made possible by the…

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December 1, 2016

Whale Species at Risk and the Kinder...

As a result of the November 29th announcement by Prime Minister Trudeau giving conditional approval to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Project,…

June 1, 2016

Leatherbacks in BC!

Yes, there are Leatherback Turtles off British Columbia’s coast! In fact, the cold ocean off BC is extremely important to this endangered sea turtle…

April 26, 2014

Are Humpback Whales Threatened in BC?

For the past decade MERS has conducted research on humpback whales in the waters off northern Vancouver Island. With the help…

September 28, 2013

What about Common Murres?

Upon arrival in Weynton Pass yesterday during one of our regular marine surveys we happened upon a phenomenal amount of bird…

September 19, 2013

Our Last Look at I46

It is not often that a dead killer whale is found and even more rare when it is fresh enough to…

August 11, 2013

Humpback and Minke Whales in BC. Then...

Twenty Years Ago As a result of nearly a century of exploitation from the commercial whaling industry, humpback whales were scarce…

April 18, 2013

MERS Humpback Whale Entanglement Research

In the summer of 2012, a young humpback whale stranded near Vancouver, British Columbia.  The whale was entangled in offshore longline…

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