BC Cetacean Sightings Network

Danielle Ahrens has been on Saturna since August working with the BC Cetacean Sightings Network (BCCSN). Ahrens and a group of Saturna Island volunteers have been conducting observation studies at East Point, Cliffside and Narvaez Bay. Their goal is to obtain greater knowledge of Harbour Porpoise habitat usage in the waters around Saturna Island and monitor any changes in their behaviour in the presence of vessels. Harbour Porpoise's are currently listed as “Special Concern” under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. They predominantly seen in shallow, coastal waters so they can be particularly vulnerable to human activity. Due to their small size and elusive nature, sightings of them are under-reported to BCCSN. If you see any cetaceans, you can report it on the WhaleReport app which contributes to our database of over 115,000 sightings. Learn more about the BC Cetacean Sightings Network here