Natural History Society: Learn about whales in our local waters

Join Jessica Torode-Scott, at a Sunshine Coast Natural History Society meeting, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 1, at the Sechelt Arts Centre. You will learn about the threats facing whales in our waters, research that is being done to protect them, and how you can get involved in their conservation by reporting your sightings to the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network. Threatened by vessel collision and disturbance, entanglement, reduction in prey availability and exposure to contaminants, 12 of the 27 species of cetacean and sea turtles in B.C. are in perilous conditions. 

Torode-Scott is the coordinator of the Cetacean Sightings Network at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Coastal Ocean Research Institute. The Sightings Network collects sightings of cetaceans and sea turtles from coastal residents to enhance the scientific knowledge of their abundance, distribution, and habitat use in B.C.

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Born and raised in West Vancouver, Torode-Scott was inspired to pursue a career in marine biology after many summer boating trips in Desolation Sound. She holds a bachelor of science in biology from the University of Victoria and a master of science in marine and fisheries ecology from the University of Aberdeen.

Coffee and cookies will be served. Visitors are welcomed.

– Submitted by Russ Tkachuk

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