Victoria, British Columbia

Oct 24, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


In normal conditions for the Pacific Northwest in October, the fog was thick as we pulled into Victoria Harbour in the early morning. As luck would have it, the fog lifted after breakfast and we were rewarded with what became a beautiful day.

Some people headed out for historical tours on foot or by bike. Others headed out to explore the local botanical wonders. To say the gardens in this city are a masterpiece of horticulture would be an understatement. From Tibetan sequoias and Himalayan lilies to delicate, endemic maidenhair ferns, this island city has painted a landscape that is hard to ignore. 

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Jessica Farrer

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Jessica is a research associate with SR3, SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation and Research (www.sealifer3.org) in Seattle, WA. She is currently working on several projects that monitor the health of the critically endangered southern resident killer whale population in the Salish Sea and humpback, minke and killer whales around the Antarctic Peninsula. Her main research interests are the predator prey dynamics of the Southern Ocean and she will be starting a PhD in fall 2020 to investigate the effects of climate change and fishing pressure on the diet of killer whales and Weddell seals in both the Antarctic Peninsula and the Ross Sea.

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