Transient Killer Whale Research

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Raised by 26 people in 63 months
Orcas are found in all oceans worldwide. In every ecosystem they act not only as top predators, but as keystone species that can signal trouble within the ecological community.
The Pacific Northwest is one of the most popular places to view and study wild killer whales. Three ecotypes reside in the Salish Sea,  resident, transient, and offshore orca. They do not associate, and no interbreeding occurs between these populations. They also exhibit different foraging habits and social structure.

I am an independent researcher/student working out of Victoria, BC, trying to understand the behaviour and ecology of transient mammal hunting killer whales. These orca prey upon seals, sea lions, porpoise, and even larger whales. With a mojority of the research focus being on resident orca, I hope to discover more on the ecology  of these mammal hunters. 

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Were fund raising for summer 2015! Please help a good cause!
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ZDid you know the most common prey for a transient killer whale are harbor seals? They are the most abundant marine mammal recorded around South Vancouver Island.
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We are excited to announce an addition to our fund raising campaign. For every $200.00 donation Campbell River Whale and Bear Excursions will donate a free $250.00 seat. Tour lasts 7-8 hours in the beautiful Discovery Passage!! You'll be able to watch and talk whales with both Josh McInnes and Nick Templeman.
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$5,497 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 26 people in 63 months
Created April 12, 2014
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Christine Smith
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42 months ago
Else Jean Jensen
42 months ago

Have fun with the 2016 season.

amy wandel
44 months ago
Jennifer Steven
47 months ago

We appreciate your research and support at The Whale Centre in Tofino! Keep going!

John & Nancy Ogden
47 months ago

Josh, It was good to be with you on David B and we wish you well in your important work for marine conservation. J&N

Belen Schneider
49 months ago
Alex Callen
49 months ago

Love the project and your posts, keep up the good work!

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