We are raising money for professional rangefinders and long lens cameras to collect accurate data of the distances between whales, vessels and shore.
The Salish Sea has busy waterways where marine shipping vessels and recreational boats share the space with feeding and transiting whales. Our sighters, who are shore based volunteers, live where they can see the dangers between whales and boats. Collectively we are concerned about the well-being of the whales as marine traffic increases and some boat operators neglect to comply with the regulations.
The Southern Gulf Islands Whale Sighting Network
is a volunteer citizen-led organization for monitoring and gathering field data on whale movements around Saturna, Pender and Mayne Islands. This data is used to better understand the Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW), Bigg’s (Transient) killer whales, humpbacks, minke and other cetacean species, and support them in their natural habitat in the Salish Sea.
Our sighters observe, record, and identify all cetaceans from land, with particular interest in the new travel patterns of the endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW), the increasing population of Bigg’s (Transient) killer whales, and the humpback whale return. We do this through direct observation and data collection, including visual reports, photos, distances verified with range finders, and professional quality hydrophone recordings. We identify the pods and individuals when we have adequate information. This data is collected and published in an annual report that is shared with various governmental organizations that make decisions about human activity in the Salish Sea.
We encourage viewing whales from shore. Our eyes-on-the-water methods discourage commercial and pleasure boat disturbance to whales. We support efforts to reduce human-caused underwater noise which has been proven to disturb feeding activity and the health of whales.
Please donate to help raise money for range finders