Jackie Hildering

Fear and mythology thrive in absence of knowledge

The Kraken?! Devilfish?! Scary?! Dangerous?! Alien?!

Whale researchers launch a marine “hexacopter” to garner a bird’s-eye view of killer whales. The lightweight drone captures high-quality video allowing researchers to infer the fitness of the mammals without disturbing them.

Tech aids research

Whale researchers utilize drones to capture eye-in-the-sky footage of killer whales.

Whale researchers launch a marine “hexacopter” to garner a bird’s-eye view of killer whales. The lightweight drone captures high-quality video allowing researchers to infer the fitness of the mammals without disturbing them.
A hooded Oriole

Birds of a feather bring birders together

Jackie Hildering reports on the unusual visitors to the North Island which have birders twitching.

A hooded Oriole
Dr. Michael Bigg

Making a Bigg difference

Jackie Hildering explains the contributions to marine biology made by Dr. Michael Bigg.

Dr. Michael Bigg
A pair of wolf eels peer out from their den in the waters off North Vancouver Island.

Wolf Eel – No Ugly Fish!

The Marine Detective
 by Jackie Hildering takes at look at the Wolf Eel.

A pair of wolf eels peer out from their den in the waters off North Vancouver Island.
Map references

Tidal turbines in whale epicenter? Hell, no!

Jackie Hildering expresses concert over an application that could lead to turbines being built in whale habitat.

Map references
The bones of this humback whale

Fall of a giant

The body of a deceased whale gives pause for thought

The bones of this humback whale

Where are the whales? is the endless question

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked that question,

Chad Chrighton found this small sunfish washed up near Port Hardy’s seaplane dock Friday. The seaplane pilot said he’d seen about 10 of the odd shaped fish during the summer

Parasites probable killer of local sunfish

Holy Mola you never know what you’ll find in our remarkable marine backyard!

Chad Chrighton found this small sunfish washed up near Port Hardy’s seaplane dock Friday. The seaplane pilot said he’d seen about 10 of the odd shaped fish during the summer

Might as well jump, and jump, and jump …

When serving as a marine naturalist, one of the questions I am most often asked about whales is: “Why do they jump?”

Despite our best efforts to wipe them out

Endangered fish basking in enlightenment

It’s a first.

Canada has acknowledged the endangerment of a marine fish species – the basking shark (Cetorhinus maxiumus) — and this weekend a provincial expert will be in Telegraph Cove to speak about this fascinating fish.

Despite our best efforts to wipe them out
A humpback

Identifying jumping giants

Many local readers likely took note of a remarkable photograph of a humpback whale breaching in front of Campbell River.

A humpback
ID shot of a mature male offshore on March 27.Photo taken for research purposes by J. Hildering (telephoto lens).

Mysterious offshore orcas visit Port McNeill’s Harbour

A group of 12 offshore killer whales was extremely active right in front of the community of Port McNeill, British Columbia; even repeatedly spyhopping (popping their heads out of the water). To have whales this visible near your home is a great gift but, all the more remarkable is that these were very mysterious, threatened whales.

ID shot of a mature male offshore on March 27.Photo taken for research purposes by J. Hildering (telephoto lens).
Kaouk

Kaouk, the trailer park sea lion returned to the wild

Kaouk, Port Alice’s “Trailer Park Sea Lion”, has been released back into the wild and appears to be feasting on herring. He also has quite the human following.

Kaouk

A glass half full

You win some and you lose some . . . or do you?