‘Extraordinary’ string of whale and dolphin encounters off Canada’s Pacific coast “could have a deeper meaning” — Indigenous Academic Adviser: “We see them as our relatives, as ancestors… It’s for the better of all of us to listen” (VIDEO)

Published: November 7th, 2013 at 7:30 am ET


Vancouver Sun, Nov. 6, 2013: An extraordinary string of recent whale encounters around Vancouver Island is likely due to luck, not one factor, experts say. “This has not been a typical year,” said John Ford, head of the cetacean research program at Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo. […] The “biggie” of the bunch is the endangered North Pacific right whale, spotted twice in B.C. waters for the first time in 60 years. […] There have been other remarkable whale encounters: In May, a Campbell River man underwent facial surgery after his boat collided with a humpback whale in Kelsey Bay near the northern tip of Vancouver Island. This year humpbacks have been seen sporadically in unusual areas […] In August, a Galiano Island resident captured three minutes of close-up footage as a pod of playful killer whales travelled through Active Pass […] On Oct. 29, members of the endangered southern resident killer whales J-pod swam with a Washington state ferry as it carried tribal artifacts […] First Nations leaders said their feeding break to accompany the artifacts was an auspicious welcome. On Halloween, passengers aboard the B.C. ferry between Galiano Island and Tsawwassen were treated to the sight of a superpod of about 1,000 Pacific white-sided dolphins moving through Howe Sound […] [Lance Barrett-Lennard, project adviser for Wild Whales] said what’s stood out for him this year is the unseasonably quiet behaviour of resident whales […]

Nick Claxton, a member of the Tsawout First Nation and doctoral student and Indigenous academic adviser at the University of Victoria: Recent whale encounters could have a deeper meaning, according to an Indigenous worldview […] “We see them as our relatives, as ancestors. All of these occurrences remind us of our place here and our connection to the natural world. It’s for the better of all of us to listen.”

Yet another event hours after the above article was published: More than 1,000 Pacific white-sided dolphins have been filmed swimming in B.C.’s Haro Strait, less than a week after a similar sighting off the province’s Gulf Islands. CBC viewer Joshua Landry caught the incredible sight on video [he] said the pod stretched more than a kilometre across and the animals swarmed around the boat for about 20 minutes. “I’ve had a few people come up with theories that they [the dolphins] know more than we do, and they’re all getting out of here for some reason.”

Published: November 7th, 2013 at 7:30 am ET


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32 comments to ‘Extraordinary’ string of whale and dolphin encounters off Canada’s Pacific coast “could have a deeper meaning” — Indigenous Academic Adviser: “We see them as our relatives, as ancestors… It’s for the better of all of us to listen” (VIDEO)

  • harengus_acidophilus

    It's a (last?) warning …

    …or maybye a "farewell" …


    • m a x l i

      Some kind of farewell probably.

      The adult dolphins are accompanying the little dolphins close to shore, encouraging them to watch the strange two-legged creatures outside the ocean and lecturing them: "See, that is an example of an endangered species on our list of endangered species. Take a good look and remember it. You will not see it much longer." And the dolphin-kids shout excitedly: "Ha-ha, one can see this is evolution gone wrong. They no longer can use their legs and instead have to move about in those silly hollow turtle-shaped hulls that are farting all the time and have rotating legs."

    • selfinflicted selfinflicted

      Are we comparing this wildlife activity in the eastern Pacific to the activity in the western Pacific? And in both hemispheres? Have we examined current food sources for these creatures? Perhaps we are seeing a migration.

  • truthseek truthseek

    They are doing a series of last pass drive by
    trying desperately to get our attention
    thinking – emoting – WTF you guys?
    Stop this please…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    It looks like they are searching for food…
    It looks like they are grouping where they find some.

    Next migration….I doubt they will find enough food…
    They themselves may not return.

  • Alpha1


    We should listen to them, this is not the normal pattern for any of this. Dolphin not normally there in the winter start usually are migrating into southern waters same with the whales not the orca. They show the path the water has gotten to hot for them and they are running to colder cleaner waters.

    Maybe we should listen but then maybe all these scientists are blind to true nature. Poking and prodding and studying. Last drive by sounds about correct. Truly I wish that we where not here to see this as it is a sounding of the last days.

    Billions in the ocean will die and it is the same for man we are about to become endangered. What a site to bare witness to the tidings of mans killer creation.

    Albert Einstein

    "Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal." "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction."
    "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Imagination is more important than knowledge."
    Or should I say could have been ..other dreams that could have been dreamt.

  • dosdos dosdos

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.

  • or-well

    Radiation, toxic chemicals, sewage, acidification, sound pollution, propellers, blast fishing, naval weapons testing and exercises, toxic hull coatings, purse-seine by-catch, long-line by-catch, overfishing, bilge pumping, ship sinkings, plastic, petrochemical spills, contents of lost shipping containers, cascade imbalance from loss of keystone species, bottom-trawling, dead zones, habitat destruction of coastal/inter-tidal/reef/benthic zones, ultraviolet damage to picoplankton…
    Lets shop more!
    See what's on TV!
    Look over there!
    Have a nice day!
    Wave bye-bye,
    it's all going away.

    • digitalaardvarks digitalaardvarks

      are you getting ready for xmas yet? are you getting a hair cut?

      • or-well

        there's many factors affecting life in the Ocean,
        a whole lot more than just radiation.
        The theme of the above recitation
        is to point, contrary to much expectation,
        at a cascading situation
        that will render moot much discussion
        of what culprit to blame for the destruction
        and the end of our ocean exploitation.

        Life will go on until it won't.
        I wouldn't invest in a fishing boat.
        That's not to say we should let the dopes
        put the one ocean out on the ropes.
        I know some will go passive, having lost hope.
        That's not my path. Is it yours? Yes or nope?

    • maybesomeday

      It is not too soon to begin construction of a barrier across the Strait of Gibraltar to create a marine life refuge from seaborne radiation. The EU or international consortium can do this. The Mediterranean could be used to re-seed devastated oceans. The Red Sea is another possible refugium.

  • Nick

    Time to track marine life on an unprecedented scale.

    Humans? Well, you can stick your head in the sand and ignore these sightings, or ya can inform yourselves about the effects of radioactive decay of atoms. Don't expect anyone to really explain it to you.

    Regardless, we are all witnessing an un mitigated disaster, unless of course we are mired in our smartphones, clueless to what's happening around us.

    To think that in the information age, we actually know less (of the truth).

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Just imagine that Texas sized debris field with leaching bottles of pesticide, herbicide, and chemical pollutants. It is above the fishes heads. It is a UFO spraying chemtrails.

    Sure, they are like a fish in an aquarium – just throw your remote control in there and watch the fish bounce against the glass. They are sure going to try to go somewhere else.

    Add to that the radiation. Do fish have thyroid glands?

  • Slingerss Slingerss

    It has been an active season on the West Coast and in Puget Sound for whales. And, I recently saw that a pair of Killer Whales was spotted off of Kona Hawaii. You would think SO? Killer whales are not common in Hawaiian waters. Humpbacks are and the season for them is from Nov-Feb.
    What I am starting to wonder is…are the whales having to swim farther distances to find food? The Monk Seal off of the Hawaiian Atolls are critically endangered and it has been found that they are now swimming farther and farther to find food, and still Monk seals are being found starving along the coasts.
    I plan on going to observe the whale migration this winter, and since I have seen it every year for many years, I will be looking for differences.

  • weeman

    A whale is a extremely intelligent animal and has a conscience, similar to a elephant, it knows its environment and can make decisions accordingly, they see what is hidden in the ocean and can see the devastation for themselves.
    You have see their eyes, look into them and you will see intelligentce beyond the capabilities of mankind, the whale is in equilibrium with nature can't say that about mankind.
    Most whales are filter feeds and substain on the small organisms like krill etc, the very fabric of our ecosystem and in my opinion the first to be effected by the on going radiological release?

  • Slingerss Slingerss

    I had a Humpback whale come up to my boat one time, and I looked her in the eye (she was only a few feet from the boat). She then pushed her baby up to the side of the boat so I could she the infant humpback. When you look into the eyes of a whale you will never be the same.
    And, that is why these reports are so devastating to me. I don't even want to think about her swimming in that toxic pus of radiation.

  • ftlt


    This cannot be denied… It is real…

    I realize, there is an element of libertarians of the Rense/Jones denier types on here who will not give this credit… No, accounting for taste is there…

    The oceans have been in a state of deterioration long before FUFU… Even WW2 was a horrible wounding event on the health of the oceans. While, FUFU is a horrible and threatening event, there are other huge issues that confront us and the health of the ocean…

    I am surprised, that there are so many attempts to link this type of article directly to FUFU by many on here over and over without consideration of the many other horrors we are perpetuating against the environment of the oceans and the biosphere in general.. This FUFU fixation seems quite short sighted, knee jerk and somewhat lame to me…

    • Winterborn

      I agree ftlt, agonizingly real.

      As a species we crap where we live with the idea that "the ocean is huge, it can take it" will keep us safe. The idea that there comes a time, a volume of waste as it were, when the ocean isn't big enough to deal with the toxic waste products of 7 billion of us doesn't seem to occur to many. Not enough to change our behaviour.

      I don't know about the commentary being 'lame' though. Concerned, horrified and helpless seeming but not lame. It seems that many on this site do understand and see this as another blow to the sea, the foundation of our environment. It just seems that Fukushima may be the blow that that is pushing humanity past a 'tipping point' we (humanity) won't be coming back from. We kept poisoning the world a 'little bit' at a time until the little became a lot and then too much. We don't seem to think long term as a species.

      • ftlt

        Winter: Agree about the short term view of man. Our ingenuity coupled with our individual traits of greed, the lust for power and our hubris is going to kill us soon. Whether, it only takes us to a bottle neck event or wipes out the species is the only question now left to be answered IMO.

        All DoD models of severe climate change point to a short term response to arm with nuclear by all capable nations (into a 20s count of nations in less than 3 years – Japan had them stockpiled at FUFU?). And then probable global war.

        Who is going to take care of the nuclear power plants when they are targets or abandoned around the world because of climate war/s

        We are all but guaranteed severe CC now. Nothing is being done as tripping points are being reached and passed all around the globe.

        Tropical peat massive methane releases are a fine example.. These tripping points will take a long time to repair themselves – time we don't have.

        It is short term business as usual. While we await the Fourth Horseman – the pale one.

        "Lame" is the attempt on here to identify every article on the oceans current state to FUFU.

        This article was not a FUFU article.

        Climate change is all about industrial/techo man and the unsustainable abuse of energy, we use to drive our industries and life styles.

        I will admit this thread has toned it down a bit – the frantic radioactive claims from FUFU being the cause of everything bad – from being late to work or burnt toast.

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    The line from Hithhikers Guide to the Galaxy comes to mind…
    "So Long and Thanks for All the Fish"

  • Mack Mack

    ECOCIDE: "Heedless or deliberate destruction of the natural environment, as by pollutants or an act of war."


  • We Not They Finally

    Maybe they were FORCED to show up where they did because their ecology has been wrecked. Maybe there is no "deeper meaning." Maybe there was just no place else they could go.

  • minkxy minkxy

    Wow. I stopped the video midstream and had to spend awhile shaking it off. Those people represent the stupidity of humanity . We helpless will hunker down and hopefully survive .

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Mitakuyepi,enpetu kin le micante etan wowaglake.
    Canku luta mani.
    Mitakuye oyasin.

    (Translation for all the folks that can not speak Lakota…(sheesh))

    My relatives,this day I speak from the heart.

    Walk the red road.
    (walk the Spirit Path in balance).

    We are all related.
    (in the'esoteric' meaning of the word).


  • paschn

    Here's how things will develop;

    1.) Lap-dogs in government will allow corporate giants free reign to do as they wish, (as long as the payoffs continue)

    2.) After the amoral "giants of Industry" have plundered the Earth, raped us and poisoned our children, they, (again, with assistance from their "pocket politicians"), will lay the cost of closing the "wounds" upon the backs of the all too willing masses.

    3.) The few cognizant souls who see what's going on and stand in defiance will be "dealt with" by a modern day Jason "Jay" Gould who will, (yet again, with assistance from whores in government), "…hire one half of the working class to kill the other half".

    The remaining lemmings will cheer the new boss, same as the old boss.

    • Socrates

      Well said. Too much truth for many. One day it will finally become apparent to everyone that combining the state with the corporate state is fascism.

      Mussolini defined it that way. He and Hitler had a few areas of disagreement over how to best do fascism. Recently I spoke to a German immigrant who was present when Il Duce came to Munich to meet Hitler.

      She was a pre-teen at the time who would have been used as a breeder for cannon foder in the war effort.

      Isn't this exactly where the US is headed? Combine right and left into a corporate state with vast military ambitions with a collapsing economy and ecological collapse, energy shortages, massive unemployment, mounting debt.

      I am told the US has many enemies now. Frightening how fragile the ecosystem and the peace is – the peace is war crowd are happy with the Long War.

      Religion can divide us effectively – See Julian the Apostate. See the Southern strategy for a racial version.

  • Abbass Abbass

    "So long and thanks for all the fish"

    more like

    "So long, and thanks for nothing"