In July, Rob and I stopped in Vancouver on our way up to our field site for our dolphin field work. We love Vancouver and don’t need much of an excuse to spend time in the city, but this one had a purpose: a Vancouver Magazine photoshoot. Journalist, Roberta Staley had written an article for Vancouver Magazine about our Quiet Ocean Campaign and all we needed were a few photos to go with it. Rob & I were both a little nervous and having just flown in from Scotland were not necessarily looking our best. Did I mention that we’re field biologists, not urban sophisticates, and frankly it shows? But the photographer, the amazing Brian Howell, quickly put our worries to rest by promising to take good care of us. All we had to do was meet up with Brian at 4:30am (good thing we still had jetlag) and be ready to get wet. A beautiful sunrise and a wade in the Pacific Ocean was the perfect welcome home. If you don’t know Brian’s work, we recommend checking out his stunning exhibit on shopping carts. We returned to the city late that beautiful summer morning and sipped our coffees next to Douglas Coupland’s (did you know he sculpted ?!?!) Digital Orca sculpture, overlooking Vancouver Harbour. OK. Full disclosure: we ended up at Cafe Medina for one of the best breakfasts of our lives.
Please be sure to check out the Vancouver Magazine article about our work on whales & ocean noise. We just thought you might like to know the story behind the photo.