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Evolution Events!

For #EvolutionEvents Episode 6, we turn to birds and dinosaurs! Birds, seabirds and otherwise, are critical to healthy ecosystems in the Salish Sea. A famous species in the Salish Sea is pictured here (right image), the bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). Many of you may already know that today’s birds are “modern dinosaurs”, sharing high relation […]

Evolution Events!

Welcome to another “Evolution Events” episode. Today’s topic includes the evolutionary and modern differences between two similar-appearing cetacean groups, dolphins and porpoises. Have you ever wondered what the differences between these animals are? We are referring here to porpoises as belonging to the “Phocoenidae” family, where dolphins belong to a few families including the familiar, […]

Evolution Events!

Welcome to another episode of “Evolution Events”! We are excited to talk about evolution in Order Cetacea; specifically toothed whales vs. baleen whales! First, we will reiterate what it means to be a toothed whale or a baleen whale. “Toothed whales” do not always refer to animals commonly called whales; scientifically speaking, toothed whales also […]

2021 was a record-breaker for Salish Sea whales!

2021 was a record-breaker for Salish Sea whales! Bigg’s orcas: 329 days*, 11 calves bornHumpback whales: 301 days, 21 calves seenGray whales: 149 daysMinke whales: 148 daysSouthern Resident orcas: 103 days* *Orca data from Orca Behavior Inst. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/record-whale-sightings-2021-1.6311282?fbclid=IwAR2urvZsxdTbaiwi7bwn7BtT2QEzu4ObUpP-X5KbZP6yZfeiTWgkhsEDaHI