Species information - Pacific NE Populations:

This page is often used by the students of Northern Vancouver Island (BC, Canada) to do marine mammal research projects which is why it is specified when the pages do not relate to local populations. Compiled by Jackie Hildering.

Overview of threats to marine mammals.

  1. 1.California Sea Lion

  2. 2.Dalls Porpoise

  3. 3.Fin Whale (Threatened)

  4. 4.Grey Whale (Of “Special Concern”)

  5. 5.Harbour Porpoise (Of “Special Concern”)

  6. 6.Harbour Seal

  7. 7.Humpback Whale (Threatened)

  8. 8.Minke Whale

  9. 9.Northern Resident Killer Whale / Orca (Threatened)

  10. 10.Northern Elephant Seal

  11. 11.Northern Fur Seal

  12. 12.Offshore Killer Whales

  13. 13.Pacific White-Sided Dolphin

  14. 14.Sea Otter (Of “Special Concern”)

  15. 15.Southern Resident Killer Whale / Orca (Endangered)

  16. 16.Steller Sea Lion / Northern Sea Lion (Of “Special Concern”)

  17. 17.Transient Killer Whale aka Bigg’s Killer Whale / Orca (Threatened)

  18. 18.Sperm Whale

  19. 19.Additional marine mammals of BC (blue whale, sei whale, extinct Steller sea cow, etc.)


  1. Scientific database where you find official dive depth and duration records for most diving vertebrates - http://penguinessbook.scarmarbin.be/

  2. Marine mammal video links

  3. Marine mammal watching guidelines 

  4. Stubbs Island Whale Watching’s Marine Mammal Quiz

  5. Eco Action - lots of information on how we can change our daily actions to help ocean organisms and the environment in general.

  6. "Helping the Whales" - overview of threats to marine mammals and what to do to help.

  7. Injuries to Marine Mammals- Johnstone Strait Area

  8. Good general information on the anatomy of cetaceans

  9. "For Whales' Sake" series of ocean conservation articles by J. Hildering 

  10. Lesson plans

  11. Great papers on the adaptations and evolution of marine mammals - from the journal “The Anatomical Record”

  12. Evolution of cetaceans

  13. New (Feb 4th, 2009) findings on evolution of cetaceans.

Photo: J. Hildering