New Biggs Calf Video

Posted April 24, 2018 at 5:52 am by

The babies are back! Big­g’s killer whales abound in the Sal­ish Sea this spring. Ocean EcoVen­tures, mem­ber of Pacif­ic Whale Watch Asso­ci­a­tion (PWWA) recent­ly cap­tured video footage (video cred­it Ocean EcoVen­tures and video­g­ra­ph­er — Tasli Shaw) of one of the newest mem­bers of the pop­u­la­tion, T065A6, a young calf prob­a­bly less than one month old. Watch close­ly and you will spot the calf pop­ping up next to mom. (Click image below to view video)

With boat­ing sea­son open­ing day just around the cor­ner (May 5, 2018), it is increas­ing­ly impor­tant for boaters to famil­iar­ize them­selves with PWWA guide­lines for oper­at­ing a ves­sel around whales. These guide­lines work for both com­mer­cial and pri­vate ves­sel oper­a­tors. Those that are tak­ing the boat out for a fun trip on the Sal­ish Sea should famil­iar­ize them­selves with these rec­om­men­da­tions to pro­tect our res­i­dent and vis­it­ing whale populations.

The Pacif­ic Whale Watch Asso­ci­a­tion (PWWA) has updat­ed its guide­lines for oper­at­ing a ves­sel around whales. These guide­lines, devel­oped and approved by 32 whale watch tour oper­a­tors from Wash­ing­ton and British Colum­bia, are focused on pro­tect­ing and sup­port­ing the growth of whale pop­u­la­tions in the Sal­ish Sea.

Major high­lights include:

  • A slow zone of sev­en (7) knots with­in one (1) kilo­me­ter of whales.
  • Main­tain­ing a dis­tance of 200 yards (US)/200 meters (Cana­da) from South­ern Res­i­dent killer whales.
  • A sug­gest­ed lim­it­ed view­ing time of 60 min­utes in the vicin­i­ty of a group of whales and a 30 minute time lim­it if there are 10 or more ves­sels with­in one (1) kilo­me­ter of whales.

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