“In 2010 I took the opportunity to volunteer at Cetacealab, located on Gil Island in Gitga’at territory. I worked with Hermann Meuter and Janey Wray, two whale researchers, who established themselves on Gil Island nine years ago. Here, I helped collect data for their ongoing research of whale populations. Spending more time in the Great Bear Rainforest exposed me to the pressing issue and risks of having oil tankers traveling through the narrow channels of this region. Working at Cetacealab, I had the opportunity to reconnect with the unique and amazing environment as well as the great people who live and work there.” – Magdalena Angel

credit: photos of Humpback Whales taken and owned by Cetacealab