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Whales. Researchers. You?
Join the Marine Education and Research Society trip with our researchers - Saturday September 24, 2022 departing from Port McNeill.
Bill and Donna Mackay, of Mackay Whale Watching in Port McNeill, have graciously donated a trip, providing us with a significant fundraising opportunity and the chance to share our research in person with you.
The excursion will be ~6 hours long, aboard the Naiad Explorer, with highly experienced crew including pioneer whale watching captain Bill Mackay, AND there will be two MERS Humpback Whale researchers aboard.
MERS team members Christie and Jackie will be on board to share with you what we have learned from nearly 20 years of research on Humpback Whales, and to answer your questions. Please note, this will not be a regular whale watching trip. While we will of course view and share information about other species, the primary focus will be on Humpback Whales - identifying individuals, interpreting behaviour, and discussing our research and further efforts to reduce threats.
Cost per person is $350. All funds raised will go directly to MERS Education, Research and Response work.
Please note: The trip may be deferred to September 25th if weather is an issue on the 24th. All registrants will be notified within a week of the trip if any changes are to occur.
Check in will be at the Mackay Whale Watching office between 9 and 9:15 am at 1514 Broughton Boulevard. We will then proceed to the Naiad Explorer which is moored near the gas dock for the safety talk and introductions. We will return to the dock between 3:30 and 4.
See www.whaletime.com for photos of the Naiad Explorer and further details about Mackay Whale Watching. The vessel has interior heating and indoor and outdoor seating. There is an onboard washroom.
Maximum group size will be 25 supporters + 2/3 MERS researchers + Mackay Whale Watching crew.
COVID Protocols: In order to allow for better spacing, we will limit the number of people on the trips to be well below capacity of the vessel. Out of a further abundance of caution, we ask that all registrants: (1) be willing to wear a mask in indoor spaces; and (2) have at least two COVID-19 vaccinations and be able to show proof thereof (unless medical exemption is supported by the appropriate forms).
Please bring your own water bottle and lunch (snacks will be provided).
Dress in layers.