A Porpoise With A Purpose
Levi’s release, after almost six months of intense rehabilitation, was the start of a new phase of harbour porpoise research. Before he was released, researchers fitted him with a satellite-linked transmitter that allowed them, and the general public, to watch online as he crisscrossed the Strait of Georgia. For over two months (the life of the transmitter battery), he gave us a glimpse into the life of an animal that has not been studied extensively off the coast of British Columbia. We were able to see where he travelled and how deep he dove, and that he appeared to be adjusting quite well to life back in the wild. These data, as well as the knowledge gained during Levi’s rehabilitation, are being shared with colleagues in the field and will contribute to an upcoming scientific publication of the causes of stranding in porpoises.