Learn about whales at Riverboat Days this year

Have you ever wondered about the best places to sight whales on the B.C. north coast, or seen one and wanted to learn more about them?

A killer whale skull is part of the northern whale display that will be in George Little Park July 30.

Have you ever wondered about the best places to sight whales in this area or seen one and wanted to learn more about them?

The Vancouver Aquarium is setting up a whale display noon to 7 p.m. in George Little Park as part of Riverboat Days this year, offering people a chance to learn more about the majestic beasts that frequent our northern coast.

A killer whale skull is the display’s main feature on July 30, and there will be jars of quill and barnacles, as well as games and crafts for children, said Meaghan McDonald from the Prince Rupert-based North Coast Initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium.

Information will focus on whales, dolphins, proposes and even sea turtles in the area.

“[We will give] factors for identifying the different species and where you can spot them,” McDonald said.

They will also be inviting citizens to take part in their research here by reporting when they see whales or sea turtles on their new app, called WhaleReport.

The app will help them build up their database about the numbers and types of whales on the North Coast.

To learn more visit the park between noon and 7 p.m. on Saturday or go to vanaqua.org or wildwhales.org.