Jackie Hildering

Fear and mythology thrive in absence of knowledge

The Kraken?! Devilfish?! Scary?! Dangerous?! Alien?!

Tech aids research

Whale researchers utilize drones to capture eye-in-the-sky footage of killer whales.

Birds of a feather bring birders together

Jackie Hildering reports on the unusual visitors to the North Island which have birders twitching.

Making a Bigg difference

Jackie Hildering explains the contributions to marine biology made by Dr. Michael Bigg.

Wolf Eel – No Ugly Fish!

The Marine Detective
 by Jackie Hildering takes at look at the Wolf Eel.

Tidal turbines in whale epicenter? Hell, no!

Jackie Hildering expresses concert over an application that could lead to turbines being built in whale habitat.

Where are the whales? is the endless question

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked that question,

Might as well jump, and jump, and jump …

When serving as a marine naturalist, one of the questions I am most often asked about whales is: “Why do they jump?”

Identifying jumping giants

Many local readers likely took note of a remarkable photograph of a humpback whale breaching in front of Campbell River.

Mysterious offshore orcas visit Port McNeill’s Harbour

A group of 12 offshore killer whales was extremely active right in front of the community of Port McNeill, British Columbia; even repeatedly spyhopping (popping their heads out of the water). To have whales this visible near your home is a great gift but, all the more remarkable is that these were very mysterious, threatened whales.

A glass half full

You win some and you lose some . . . or do you?