Students at Sea View School were presented with the opportunity to name two humpback whales that have been seen daily in the inlet in front of Port Alice over the past month. Whiskers, a known Humback whale to the Marine Education and Research Society based out of Port McNeill was recorded in our inlet with a new calf. On several occasions, these two whales were also spotted with a third whale who was documented as BCX1100. The MERSociety was alerted to these whales and presented students with the opportunity to give nicknames to these two whales.
Students were presented with the information and had an opportunity to skype with The Marine Detective herself, Jackie Hildering while she was on the water performing Humpback research. Students were able to ask questions, gain valuable information and thank Jackie for this opportunity.
There is no way we can capture the story any better than it is explained in the link below. Please take a minute to read how students decided to name these two humpback whales, Poseidon and TERRY!
Please click on the blog link below from the Marine Education & Research Society for the whole story.
Try to stop the tears from welling up in your eyes. We couldn’t.
If you know of Terry Fox; understand how we nickname Humpbacks; and know that children were involved with the naming, this is going to move you.
For detail on the significance and how hope, whales, and children intersect, please see our blog here – https://mersociety.wordpress.com/…/09/25/a-whale-named-terry