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Join Ocean Wise and fellow whale-lovers for our third annual land-based whale spotting event, an inclusive way to collect information about the whales in our waters from shore. Help contribute to whale conservation by attending a local Whale Blitz in your community!

2024 Whale Blitz Events – Join us!

July 13Salt Spring Island, BC – Ruckle Park1:00pm –
4:00pm
July 14Quadra Island, BC – Rebecca Spit Marine Provincial Park
Presented with the Cetus Research and Conservation Society
10:00am – 2:00pm
July 14Denman Island, BC – Gravelly Bay
Presented with the Association for Denman Island Marine Stewards
1:00pm –
4:00pm
July 14West Vancouver, BC – Lighthouse Park
Presented with Parks Canada
12:00pm – 4:00pm
July 14Galiano Island, BC – Zuker Beach (Access #17)
Presented with Galiano Island Conservancy
11:30am –
2:30pm
July 14Hornby Island, BC – Helliwell Provincial Park
Presented with Conservancy Hornby Island
TBD
July 15Cortes Island, BC – Smelt Bay
Presented with Friends of Cortes
3:00pm –
7:00pm
July 16Sidney, BC – Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
Presented with the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
12:00pm – 3:00pm
July 16West Vancouver, BC – Whytecliff Park
Presented with WILD Outside
11:00pm –
1:00pm
July 17Ucluelet, BC – Amphitrite Lighthouse
Presented with Redd Fish and the Wild Pacific Trail
10:00am –
4:00pm

The 2023 Whale Blitz was a success!

In 2023, 450 people joined us in-person for ten incredible Whale Blitz events. Read the 2023 Whale Blitz Report to dive deeper into each individual event, including whale sightings!

About the Whale Blitz

Land-based whale watching is an inclusive and non-invasive way to collect important information about the whales in our waters. Whale Blitz participants will have the chance to learn species ID skills, contribute to citizen science, and hopefully see spot some marine mammals in their natural habitats!

The Ocean Wise Whale Blitz consists of numerous whale BioBlitz events. These events will run from the 14-17 July 2024 to coincide with both the anniversary of northern resident killer whale A73 “Springer” being re-released back to her pod after rehabilitation and World Orca Day (14th).

About the Ocean Wise Sightings Network

The Ocean Wise Sightings Network (formerly known as the BC Cetacean Sightings Network) was established by Ocean Wise in 2000 and is one of Canada’s most enduring and successful citizen science programs. The OWSN has built a diverse and dedicated network of coastal community members who regularly report their cetacean and sea turtle sightings via the WhaleReport app. The OWSN regularly conducts community events throughout BC to educate coastal citizens about everyday actions they can take to become stewards of the marine environment.

The OWSN maintains a database of over 300,000 verified sighting reports from approximately 7,700 observers and shares this valuable information with government organizations, ENGOs, marine industry, and researchers. These sighting reports are an important means of identifying and protecting critical habitat, highlighting areas of high risk, and organizing outreach and mitigation efforts that reduce anthropogenic threats to at-risk species.

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