They weren't expecting something this big to crash the party.
"The whales were so close you could touch them."
Whales: they get personal.
"Just an expanse of whales filling the seascape."
"It was one of the most exhilarating moments of my life," said a photographer.
A 1,600 km-wide patch of warm water in the Pacific Ocean has propelled a toxic algae bloom.
Humpback whales are truly princely creatures, and rarely more so than in a drone video captured off the coast of Newfoundland last summer. Videographer Paul Dolk caught some incredible footage of whal...
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Whale encounters aren't rare in British Columbia, but it's not often that you see so many, so close. A lucky group of whale watchers in Prince Rupert got a completely unexpected encounter when severa...
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These non-governmental organizations have sent a very clear message to scientists -- those who provide factual information that counters the statements or beliefs of NGOs will be bullied and intimidated to silence our voices. This apparent disregard for truthfulness and scientific facts not only undermines the credibility of these NGOs, but also does a great disservice to other NGOs that respect and effectively use science to affect public policy.
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Most scientists would agree that humpbacks are "recovering," but few would agree they are "recovered." It is this issue that is causing the disagreement over whether the decision to down-list the B.C. population was premature, and not based on enough evidence of recovery within B.C.
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When the announcement was made that humpback whales would no longer be protected as a "threatened" species in Canada, the public was furious. To many, this represented positive proof that the federal government would do anything to promote the Northern Gateway pipeline -- including meddling with the protection of humpback whales to get them out of the way of development. Our government has a lot to answer for in the area of environmental management, but the outcry in this case is misguided.
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Biologists are defending the science behind the Canadian government's recent decision to downgrade North Pacific humpback whales from the "threatened" species list. The move is based on recommendation...
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The North Pacific humpback whale is no longer protected as a "threatened" species after the Canadian government quietly downgraded its classification earlier this month. Despite objections from severa...
In Canada, we have every reason to take an international leadership position on this issue. There are deep cultural connections between whales and our coastal communities -- and economic ones too. Whale watching has grown exponentially in recent decades, part of a global $2.1 billion (U.S.) industry.
Not even a month has passed since the federally-appointed Joint Review Panel (JRP) released its official report recommending approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline, pending the fulfillment of 209 conditions. Yet already two separate suits have been filed against the integrity of the report, with groups requesting that the federal cabinet delay a final decision on the pipeline project until the Federal Court of Appeal can assess the complaints.
VANCOUVER - After a five-year delay, the federal government has published a final recovery strategy for humpback whales off the West Coast that recognizes shipping traffic and toxic spills as threats...
VANCOUVER - The number of humpback whales on the northern coast of British Columbia nearly doubled in eight years, but possible oil spills could seriously hamper recovery efforts involving the threate...
A pair of divers off the coast of central California seem to have narrowly avoided slipping down the gaping maws of humpback whales. While the gentle giants are known for mulching plankton and little...