Orca Related Links
The work of OrcaLab is centered around the philosophy that it is possible to study wild animals without interfering with their lives or habitat. A network of hydrophones, positioned around the orcas' "core habitat", helps monitor their movements all year round. Supplementing the acoustic data are visual sightings of orcas as they pass OrcaLab, and reports from land observation sites staffed by OrcaLab volunteers during the summer "season", as well as reports from other researchers and whale watchers who share observations and information.
The year 2000 marked the start of an experiment bringing to the world the live voices and images of orcas via six hydrophones and five cameras (four underwater) off Hanson Island. However widespread Internet use may have become, linking places in Nature not accessible to telephone wiring to the Net remains a difficult task. OrcaLive has succeeding in showing live images of orcas in Johnstone Strait and at the Robson Bight Ecological reserve.
Orca Network (orcanetwork.org)
Orca Network is dedicated to raising awareness about the whales of the Pacific Northwest, and the importance of providing them healthy and safe habitats. A community is emerging that is increasingly attuned to the orca population, that cares about and tries to understand the needs of the resident and transient orcas that inhabit the Salish Sea. Projects include the Whale Sighting Network, Education Programs and the "Free Lolita" campaign.
Whale Museum (www.whalemuseum.org)
The Whale Museum promotes stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.
Orca Conservancy (www.orcaconservancy.org)
Orca Conservancy is a non-profit organization advancing the welfare of Orcinus orca, or killer whale, and protecting the wild places on which it depends. OC teams up with some of the world's top research institutions and environmental groups to address the most critical issues now facing wild orcas. Their urgent attention has been on the endangered Southern Resident orcas of Puget Sound. These three pods, the Js, Ks and Ls, are declining rapidly due to the depletion of prey resources, the accumulation of marine toxins, increased acoustic disturbance and harassment, and the destruction of nearshore habitats, the nurseries of our Inland Sea.
David Suzuki Foundation (www.davidsuzuki.org)
Since 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation has worked to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us. Focusing on four program areas – oceans and sustainable fishing, forests and wild lands, climate change and clean energy, and the web of life - the Foundation uses science and education to promote solutions that help conserve nature.
BC Cetacean Sightings Network (www.wildwhales.org)
In 1999, the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network was established to collect and compile sightings reports submitted by the public. When analyzed, these sightings data create a clearer picture of cetacean habitat use and aid in our understanding of these creatures and their requirements. These sightings data will also aid Fisheries and Oceans Canada when developing recovery and management plans for endangered and threatened cetaceans.
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Marine Mammals Page (www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pages/MarineMammals/default_e.htm)
The Pacific Marine Mammals page contains information on marine mammals, information for the public about DFO's role and programs, and up to date news on marine mammal initiatives and programs within the Department.
Luna Related Links
Luna Stewardship Project (www.lunastewardship.com/)
The Luna Stewardship Project is composed of a team of people from three boater education programs who are dedicated to educating residents and visitors in Nootka Sound, British Columbia, about Luna's presence and his situation, and trying to prevent human/boat interactions with the whale.
OrcaNetwork Luna Forum(www.orcanetwork.org/news/lunaforum.html)
Many people are very interested in what happens to Luna, who is now lost, out of contact with his family and in danger in the far reaches of Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. This site allows people to post and view their comments.
Straitwatch Stewardship (www.straitwatch.org)
zu.com communications (www.zu.com)
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