MERS in Tofino-2 Presentations about Humpback & Killer Whales

  • 1 Mar 2019
  • 7:00 PM
  • 2 Mar 2019
  • 9:00 PM
  • Tofino Resort + Marina

Join us for two FREE presentations about Humpback Whales and Killer Whales by Marine Education and Research Society (MERS) Researcher Jackie Hildering, in partnership with the Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society, the Cedar Coast Field Station and Tofino Resort + Marina.

Reserve your seats now!

DAY 1 - Friday, March 1st at 7pm

The Return of Giants

In addition to sharing MERS’ research on Humpback feeding strategies and rate of entanglement, Jackie will discuss how the fortunate return of these giants from the brink of extinction necessitates increased boater awareness about avoiding collision and what to do if entanglement is witnessed. Their research includes having documented a novel feeding behaviour of Humpbacks dubbed “trap-feeding”.

DAY 2 - Saturday, March 2nd at 7pm

Lessons Learned from Killer Whales

In this presentation, Jackie will trace back the human social evolution with Killer Whales, discussing how these whales are powerful indicators of human value systems. It will be all about capacity for positive change and common solutions to socio-environmental problems. And yes, she will discuss the dilemma of naming them “Killer Whales” vs. “Orca”.


About Jackie Hildering

As an educator, cold water diver and underwater photographer, she is known as “The Marine Detective” with on-camera experience including being featured on Animal Planet’s “Wild Obsession” series and in the BBC productions “New threat to Canada's Pacific Humpback Whales?” and “Ingenious Animals”. She has been awarded the Vancouver Aquarium’s MAN Award for Excellence in Aquatic Education (2010) and has been referenced as the standup comic of marine conservation.

This event indeed promises to be informative and entertaining!

About Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society (SIMRS)

Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society (SIMRS) is a registered charity based in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

The purposes of the Society are to:
(a) Conduct primary research of the marine ecosystems of Clayoquot Sound;
(b) Establish long term monitoring of the marine life unique to Clayoquot Sound;
(c) Support researchers in related studies;
(d) Promote public awareness of the marine environment in Clayoquot Sound; and
(e) Encourage public involvement in marine research in Clayoquot Sound.

They are a group of dedicated naturalists living and working on the waters of west coast Vancouver Island BC, conducting primary research and monitoring of various marine ecosystems in Clayoquot Sound.

About the Cedar Coast Field Station

The mission of the Cedar Coast Field Station is to preserve ecological health through place-based research and education that celebrates the cultural and biological diversity of Clayoquot Sound.

The station provides researchers, educators, and students with the resources and an inspiring space to learn from the ecology of Clayoquot Sound in a nature-based setting. By working with a diverse set of partnering organizations and individuals, the field station will become an interdisciplinary learning environment that is collaborative in nature and widely accessible.

All photos on this site provided by and © Jared Towers, Christie McMillan, Jackie Hildering, and Heidi Krajewsky, unless otherwise indicated. 

Photos are not to be used without permission.

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