Finding needles in a haystack on the B.C. coast

It wasn’t your average whale-watch trip. The science crew aboard the Canadian Coast Guard ship John P. Tully documented almost 5,000 cetaceans during 483 sightings along about 1,600 nautical miles of the remote B.C. coast. Expedition leader John Ford, a federal research scientist, said he is especially happy at documenting about 50 of the threatened fin whales. Several will be new additions to the B.C. catalogue of 672 fin whales, and used to estimate overall numbers off ’s West Coast.

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