Discover Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises And Sea Turtles In BC Waters

April 11, 2014 - 4:30am

Discover whales, dolphins, porpoises and sea turtles living in BC waters at a special presentation hosted by Vancouver Island University’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station on April 24 at 7 pm.

In a presentation entitled “Wild Whales of the BC Coast”, Tessa Danelesko, coordinator of the BC Cetacean Sightings Network (BCCSN), will discuss which species are commonly seen around Vancouver Island, their unique histories, the threats they face and how to help.

“If you’ve seen the misty blow of a whale or the fin of a dolphin recently, we want to hear from you,” says Danelesko.

Coastal citizens can become citizen scientists by participating in marine conservancy and research. The BCCSN collects data about public sightings of whales, dolphins, porpoises and sea turtles on the BC coast.

Danelesko was raised in Calgary, Alberta and fell in love with the ocean during summers spent exploring the shores of Vancouver Island. Following her dream of living on the west coast, she attended the University of Victoria and completed the combined biology and psychology Bachelor of Science program.

Her experience working and volunteering for a variety of marine conservation and research projects has taken her around the globe.

Her presentation is part of the Deep Bay Marine Field Station’s spring film and speaker series, and is sponsored by the Vancouver Aquarium Cetacean Research Program.

Doors open at 6 pm and guests are invited to check out the public aquariums and touch tanks inside the Field Station. Gourmet snacks and treats will be available for purchase before the presentation.

Tickets for this event are $10 each, and available at 250.740.6611, or at the Salish Sea Market in Bowser and the Courtyard Café in Qualicum Beach.

The Deep Bay Marine Field Station is located at 370 Crome Point Road, Bowser. For more information and driving instructions, visit



Janina Stajic, Manager, Communications and Public Engagement, Vancouver Island University P: 250.740.6288 E: Twitter: @VIUNews

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