The deep waters off the edge of our continental shelf are home to over a dozen species of whales, dolphins and seals. Some species, like the poorly known beaked whales, lead mysterious lives over a kilometre beneath the surface, coming up only when they need to breathe. Some species are rare and others abundant, but most rarely seen by nearshore mariners. Join Dr John Ford as he describes these fascinating denizens of the deep, high seas.
Dr. John Ford is head of the Cetacean Research Program, Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, BC, and is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Zoology and Fisheries Centre, University of BC. Dr. Ford has been involved in field studies on cetaceans in western Canadian waters since 1977. His areas of research include the life history, ecology, behaviour and acoustic communication of cetaceans, especially killer whales. In recent years, his research has focused on the conservation status of cetaceans listed under Canada’s Species-at-Risk Act and has involved population abundance estimation and development of acoustic tools for determining seasonal abundance of cetaceans in remote offshore waters.