On May 22, the Underwater Harvester's gray whale exhibit was unveiled in ceremony to the community of Deep Bay and all of the people who generously funded the project. This was truly a community achievement, a collaboration between Fisheries, the Sc'ianew First Nation and Vancouver Island University, funded by the public and with over 700 volunteer hours on the project. It was an honour and such fun to be involved in. For more information on the event, please see the news release with a link to more photos.
Just as we were packing up to head west to the wild outer coast to guide and support the BBC to film sea otters up close and in the wild for their new Oceans documentary, we received a call about a Cuvier's Beaked Whale skeleton that had washed up in southern Haida Gwaii. Thanks to our amazing friends and colleagues, Leah, Marina and Neale, we were able to collect this truly interesting specimen, which is slated for display in the new interpretive building in Gwaii Haanas National Park in 2018. Stay tuned for more!