Big blues again in the big blue--blue whales are once again being seen off the coast of British Columbia. Seeing a blue whale is a special treat, and a return to former haunts is enough to gladden the heart of an ocean lover.
There is scientific caution about this good news, let's not leap too quickly to assume it's a sign of a population boom. It may be whales migrating from other areas that are now seen off BC.
Our US whale biologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have a lot to say on the subject, and there does seem to be scientific evidence that blue whales ARE doing better in the Pacific Ocean.
Worldwide, blue whales are still depleted from historic highs, especially in the southern hemisphere and the Atlantic. But our Pacific populations are doing fairly well and I'm going to take the BC sightings as reason for optimism.
It's a good day for an ocean lover, and welcome back big blue.