New Humpback Visitors Nicknamed By Lifeforce Ocean Friends|
posted on August 31, 2019
Two new Humpback Whale visitors to the Salish Sea near Comox, BC have been documented by Lifeforce Ocean Friends and the Marine Research and Education Society (MERS).
Here is a recent News Story about our work with Humpback Whales: Humpback Visitors In Island Waters.
Peter Hamilton, Lifeforce Founder, took photos of the first one on July 1st and July 21st. Then on July 27th he found the second one. Jackie Hildering from the Marine Education and Research Society (MERS) discovered that both were first time recorded visitors. Photographs will be posted in the MERS Humpbacks of Northern Vancouver Island catalogue.
The First Visitor has been given the nickname ”Spock”. This was based on the humpback’s unusual dorsal fin. The fin is a pointed shape similar to the Vulcan Spock’s ears in the Star Trek shows. The Second Visitor has been given the nickname “Harbor”. This was based on the white pigmentation shape on the left side of the fluke that resembles a Harbor Seal. This name encourages safe harbor to cherish and protect them.
Last July, Hamilton had previously named “Flier” who had a plane type mark on the fluke and did over 20 repeated breaches when first seen.
“Getting to nickname a Humpback is certainly is a special honor”, stated Peter Hamilton, Lifeforce Founder, “Lifeforce continues our very important research that started in 1993. It has led to increase protection for orcas and now we hope that it will raise public awareness of the plight of Humpbacks and others. As their numbers increase in local waters they are being entangled in fishing gear and severely injured by boaters.”
Lifeforce has been fighting to save marine wildlife from extinction since 1981. Our work to stop orca/dolphin captivity succeeded with a cetacean captivity ban at the Vancouver Aquarium.
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