Whale in the Door

A Community Unites to Protect BC's Howe Sound


Watching videos is an entertaining and heart-opening way to learn more about Howe Sound/Atl’ka7tsem. There are many videos listed in the Resource section of Whale in the Door. Here are some new ones.

Wonderful news! Atl’Ka7tsem/Howe Sound has just received UNESCO biosphere designation. Bob Turner’s short video explains what that means to all of us who live here:


HOT OFF THE PRESS! This video will be part of the big Zoom celebration on Howe Sound/Atl’ka7tsem on June 8 from 6-8 pm PDT. I am reading from Whale in the Door and some of the magnificent photos are featured. “I just loved your reading of Whale in the Door last night. You have a magical flowing voice that draws me in to your wonderful poetic prose.” Bob Turner

The Voice of Atl’ka7tsem

Sound Water – a short documentary on Howe Sound produced by Drew Copeland and Jon Chiang. The filmmakers, inspired by my book Whale in the Door, invited me to be part of the film. A real honour. The film was first screened at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival in March 2018. It’s amusing and enlightening. Hope you enjoy it!

Bob Turner and herring roe fishery

Many thanks to Bob for having the courage to move from wonder and celebration in his videos to on-the-ground activism to protect the herring. And he does it in such a thoughtful way. It’s hard to understand the thinking of DFO. May his film and the petition (please sign it at the end of the film) make a difference. There is too much at stake.


Bob Turner’s Atl’Ka7tsem Howe Sound Video

Swimming with a Seal in Howe Sound

Bob Turner does it again – this time with a stunning video of his encounter with a seal in Howe Sound/Atl’katsem.



Return of the Humpback Whales

After a one-hundred year absence from Howe Sound/Atl’katsem, the humpbacks are thrilling locals with their breathtaking presence. Bob Turner expresses his delight at their return, and reminds us of our responsibility to take care of the more-than-humans in our world

Bob Turner and Sea Lion Spring

Another great video from geologist/filmmaker Bob Turner of Bowen Island. As well as being fun to watch, I learned more about sea lions.

Adam Taylor and the Glass Sponge Reefs

Watch as a team of divers explores these unique and ancient reefs in Atl’kitsem/Howe Sound. No sound on this 5-minute video.

Orca Morning

Bob Turner’s latest video on Orcas. Magnifient and inspiring.


Saving Scarlet, Grieving Tahlequah, future of the Southern Resident Orcas

This is not a video but a podcast by Mark Leiren-Young, author of The Killer Whale Who Changed the World. Mark has a weekly podcast – Skaana: all the news on Orcas and Oceans. On the August 11th podcast, Mark spoke with Ken Balcomb of the Centre for Whale Research in Washington State. Ken has been studying Orcas in the Salsih Sea for forty years. He has some important and troubling information about the state of the whales. And at the end of the podcast, Mark added my song for Tahlequah, the Orca Mother who swam with her dead daughter for 17 days in a sorrowful journey that was followed by ocean and whale lovers all over the world. Here is a link to that podcast:

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Seasons in the Sound

Bob Turner just sent me another of his spectacular videos. In this one, Bob, a retired geologist, turns his attention and his camera to what happens in Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem in the fall, winter and spring months. There’s a lot more going on than he ever expected.


Behind the Sill 375 feet down, Howe Sound March 27, 2018


Ever wonder what’s going on in the waters of Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem? Citizen scientist, John Buchanan, thinks about this every day. That’s why he created Howey – a series of underwater cameras that allow him to get up close and record the natural wonders there. “One surprise to me,” John told me, “was the fast current down at that depth behind the sill..Life is very busy down there.”

How to Pronounce Skwxwú7mesh 

This video by Khelsilem Rivers, a Squamish Nation councillor and language teacher, will teach you how to pronounce the name for his people and his language.

Howe Sound Ballet

A brand new video from Bob Turner as he goes out in his kayak to find some surprising goings-on in his “ocean front yard. ” Bob, with his underwater camera, makes some important discoveries about the Sound. It’s his most artistic video to date and I learned a lot about the spectacular ballet that goes on in the Sound.


Pink Salmon on the Stawamus River:

– a remarkable video shot by geologist/filmmaker Bob Turner in September 2017. At the foot of the Stawamus Chief in shallow pools of the Stawamus River, this underwater video allows you to watch the spawning of Pink Salmon. The males develop a humpback when they spawn; the females keep their sleek shape. This is a millions of years old ritual that takes place all over the coast of BC. Watch for the Dipper, one of my favourite birds as she takes a salmon egg from the river bottom. Salmon feed everything – the bear, the gulls, the forests.


Another great short film by Bob Turner, this one on anchovy, a keystone species in Atl’kitsem/Howe Sound. The film features the giant schools of anchovy that appeared in 2015 and 2016 in Atl’kitsem/Howe Sound and the resulting flush of whales, sea lions, seals, and salmon that feast on them. This is part of Bob’s ongoing efforts to collect and share the stories of Wild Nature in Atl’kitsem/Howe Sound. I  asked Bob about 2017 returns and he said: “I am working on an Anchovy 2017 film. It was a giant return, the strongest of the three years. But I only found one school of juveniles, and didn’t hear anyone else talking about them (but I am going to check), so 2018 uncertain.”