Orca Whale doing a back flip with snow capped mountains in the distance

5% OF THE PROCEEDS FROM MTN REEF™ APPAREL SALES IS DONATED TO CETUS RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION SOCIETY

When we started MTN REEF™ it was our number one priority to support wildlife non-profits that help protect our local animals and their habitat. When we discovered Cetus and learned how they operate, what they care about, and what the donations are used for, we were honoured to partner with them on this journey towards protecting our whales. 

Cetus Research & Conservation Society is a wildlife non-profit operating off the coast of BC. Cetus is dedicated to reducing marine mammal disturbances, which can ultimately save them from extinction. 

RESIDENT AND TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES

There are at least four different eco-types of Killer Whales off the west coast of Canada; Southern Resident Killer Whales, Northern Resident Killer Whales, Transient (or Biggs) Killer Whales, and the rarely seen Offshore Killer Whales.

Of the Transient and Resident Killer Whales, the Transients are the more abundant of the two and can be found in the open coastal waters of the Pacific from Alaska to California. They feed on larger prey such as seals and sea lions and are often sighted passing through the Georgia Straight during migration. 

Our Resident Killer Whales, who inhabit the coast of British Columbia and Washington State, are split into two eco-types: the Northern Resident Killer Whales and the Southern Resident Killer Whales. They feed almost entirely on Chinook Salmon, which has unfortunately seen a massive decline in numbers over recent years. This has threatened their survival, causing them to venture out into much deeper open coastal waters to find food. 

Cetus Society has made the Resident Killer Whales their main focus due to their declining numbers. The Southern Resident Killer Whales in particular, which comprise of the J pod, K pod and L pod, are facing a myriad of threats, with only 73 whales left. 

The three main threats that they face right now are the lack of Chinook, pollution, and vessel disturbances. 

VESSEL DISTURBANCES

Physical and Acoustical disturbances (vessel noise, depth sounders, and drones/aircraft) can negatively impact a whale's ability to hunt, communicate, and navigate. Physical vessel disturbances can create obstacles and hazards requiring the whales to expend critical energy to avoid, as well as disrupting their natural behaviour which is vital to their survival. 

It doesn't matter whether it's a cruise ship or a kayak, all vessels can pose a threat, which is why it's so important to be Whale Wise and understand the rules of the water that help protect these endangered species.

LIVE CAPTURES

During 1965-1975 our Resident Killer Whales were the victims of live captures, where at least 13 whales were killed and 45 of them were delivered to various aquariums. Since 1998, 78 whales have gone missing or have been confirmed deceased. 

These are just a few of the facts that remind us just how important it is to understand these undervalued mammals as well as the importance of learning how to protect them to avoid history repeating itself. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

1. The very best place to start is learning about the WHALE WISE regulations and guidelines. This alone can have a very positive impact on these whales and can inspire others to respect them as well.  

2. Join the community and follow along with other passionate followers on Cetus Society's Facebook, Instagram

3. DONATING to Cetus Society helps in a big way. 100% of the donations go directly to assisting them in tracking and identifying the whales as well as eco-system research and public education, and maintaining their on-water equipment which can experience extensive wear-and-tear due to their constant presence on the water. 

Simply having respect for these incredibly intelligent creatures has an enormous impact on their well-being. When we enter the water, it helps to remember that we are the ones intruding on their home, not the other way around. 


THANK YOU FOR HELPING OUR RESIDENT WHALES REGAIN THEIR NATURAL TERRITORY AND FOR GIVING THEM A VOICE.

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