Good-bye Olivia and thanks for all the fun!

Releasing Olivia

This weekend we released our resident Giant Pacific Octopus ‘Olivia” on the experimental farm just a few 100 metres from where she was collected earlier this summer.   Olivia had been teaching us much about octopus behavior and we were all deeply attached to her.  Although she was well within the size range for healthy care in aquariums we felt that it was time to let her go and start again with a smaller specimen. 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 »

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

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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 »

Whale Project Update: Fundraising Success – Well on our way!

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We are happy to report that hanks to the incredibly enthusiastic and generous support of individuals and businesses in our community, all 156 whale bones have been sponsored.   We still have about $8000 left to raise for this project and are looking for support to complete the project,   Our staff and volunteers are now hard at work preparing bones for articulation. The Underwater Harvesters Association became the lead sponsor and the articulation will be known as the Underwater Harvesters Association Grey Whale Exhibit. A number of the UHA members also sponsored individual bones!  We have been truly overwhelmed by the enthusiasm that has been shown for this project. Read the rest of this entry »

Grey Whale exhibit one step closer as remains exhumed from Beecher Bay

Yup, we did it – check out our preliminary timelapse above. and more information below Read the rest of this entry »

Raise a Whale Project surpasses halfway point!

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We’re past the half way point on our fundraising campaign for our Raise and Whale and Inspire Generations Project! Read on for our press release and learn about some of our great donors! Read the rest of this entry »

Whale Project Update – Whale Baleen Prep

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Another small step forward in our Grey Whale Project! BTW – have you sponsored a bone yet?  A photo essay on our student and volunteer preparation of a baleen rack from the Beecher Bay Grey Whale. Read the rest of this entry »