Sara G. is one of the co founders of Whale Tales and loves cetaceans and marine invertebrates equally…ish
Where did your whale love start?
My family had a membership at the aquarium since before I was born, so I don’t really remember not loving whales. As a small child playing on the beach at Stanley Park, I’d imagine seeing whales, but it never happened (well, until the last couple of years, at least!). My grandparents took us one summer to Tofino, and that was the first time I saw whales in the wild. I was already hooked on whales, but that’s when the true love started.
What current ocean conservation issue do you feel most strongly about?
The impacts that our land-based activities have on the oceans as a whole – mainly runoff pollution that affects the whole ecosystem, including whales.
What have you changed in your life to help save whales?
I’ve been vegetarian for nearly 10 years, mainly because I got continually so confused about which meat was ‘better’ to eat for the environment. I compost, use reusable cups/bags/containers, and try to overall reduce consumption of disposable goods.
What advice would you give to others to take steps in their lives to help whales?
You don’t have to be perfect at every part of your life to be helping the environment. Small changes lead to bigger changes, and we do so much better as a community when we support each other through those changes. And yes, you will get weird comments and looks when you are the crazy person in the office who makes pour-over coffee instead of using k-cups. But maybe you’ll inspire the whole office to change the coffee situation (true story!)
Any whale tales to share?
Pretty sure they’re all on the site. I wish I had a better memory of that Tofino trip, but to be honest, I don’t even know what species we saw. Seeing the whales wasn’t the part that stuck with me, it was the feeling I had when I saw them!