Grey Whale Articulation Update – entering the final phases!

Thoracic region in progress

For the first time after exhumation more than a year ago we are starting to see the Grey Whale coming back together – thanks to the awesome work of our Cetacea Contracting, our team of volunteers, and our generous sponsors.  What will be known as the Underwater Harvesters Association Grey Whale Exhibit is getting closer to completion and we’re excited to share photos of the process! Read the rest of this entry »

Whale Articulation Volunteer Opportunities

Hello Everyone,

Vancouver Island University’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station is currently working on a project to articulate a grey whale skeleton and we are looking for volunteers who are comfortable with a paint brush to help hide the repairs made during the articulation. Literally, you will be involved in painting the bones of the grey whale, well, painting the repairs to look like bone really. Please pass on the information below to any artists who you think may be interested in getting involved with the Grey Whale Project.

Whale Bone Repair Workshop Feb 8,9 Read the rest of this entry »


Activities for all ages continue through April during Brant Wildlife Festival

VIU RELEASE: 2015/134

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 7, 2015


NANAIMO, BC: There’s still plenty to do for the whole family at Vancouver Island University’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station during the annual Brant Wildlife Festival.

A Family Day Open House will be held at the Field Station on Sunday, April 12, 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free and there will be touch tanks, large public aquariums, face painting and other marine science educational activities. Read the rest of this entry »

#VIUWhale Project Update – Patience, Bone Repair and Awesome Volunteers


We in are in the bone repair phase of our Grey Whale Articulation Project – we’re learning patience and its all about fine detail work at this point as we repair damage to bones from damage that occurred while they were decomposing or being recovered. Read the rest of this entry »

Family Open House April 12 2015


Sunday April 12th, 2015
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Admission by Donation

Join us as we celebrate spring with a Family Open House! The day will be filled with fun marine science activities suitable for all ages. Take part in our coloring contest, get your face painted, make art to take home and learn about the marine life on our coast. Staff will be on hand to answer your questions and introduce you to the many amazing animals we have at the station.

Family Open House Activity Highlights:

• Morning bird banding demonstration by Dr. Eric Demers
• Fish Printing
• Face Painting
• Exhibits, demonstrations and much more!

Herring Spawn Wildlife Boat Tours March 2015

Wildlife Bird Tours - 2013 Brant Festival

March 11th
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

March 14th
1st Tour: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
2nd Tour: 1:30 pm – 3:-30 pm

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Spring 2015 Cooking Classes


Check out our new line-up of Spring Cooking classes with Chef in Residence Lila

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