With Thanksgiving around the corner, we took a moment to ponder the things we’re grateful for. Friends, family, health, and happiness are always at the top of our list. As we went around the table one theme really stood out, and that was the number of sightings and variety of whale species that have been visiting our area lately. From resident Orcas as well as transient, to humpback whales and more recently grey whales in Vancouver harbour, there’s been so much cause for celebration on the news and social media. For one, this appears to point to the health of our waters that keeps bringing them here. The other great benefit to us boaters is the ability to interact, at a safe and respectful distance of course, to a species of mammals that we don’t often encounter in their natural environment. It’s moments like these that make our experiences on the water so special.
4 Things you should do now
1. Check for fuel leaks and use a bilge sock to contain oil and contaminants. Dispose at designated waste bins.
2. Service & winterize holding tanks, and use appropriate pump out stations.
3. Keep boat bottoms clear of growth to help engines run at efficient levels.
4. Use eco-friendly cleaners that don’t pollute the water.
For help with the above, or to share your stories and suggestions, please give us a call.
So as we “Give Thanks” for all we have this weekend, let’s remember that privilege comes with responsibility. Whether you cruise these waters by sail or power boat, commit to do your part to protect our fragile marine eco-system and to ensure enjoyment for everyone. Remember to also share your sightings with the folks at Vancouver Aquarium to help with ongoing conservation efforts.