It’s Time to Listen

Researchers capitalized on a summer without cruise ship traffic to hear how whales respond to a quieter underwater world.


​Producer/Director: Louisa Gilbert
Camera: Deirdre Leowinata, Megan Hockin-Bennett, and Tavish Campbell
Editor: Kai White
Sound: EarWorm Sound
Associate Producer: Katrina Pyne
Additional Footage: OrcaLab and Hakai Institute
Photo: Megan Hockin-Bennett

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What we did

The onset of COVID-19 created devastation worldwide but for whale researchers like Janie Wray, who has been studying the unique calls of killer, humpback, and fin whales in British Columbia for more than 20 years, the pandemic presented a unique opportunity—a chance to hear how whales respond to a quieter underwater world.

This Wild Bus Films original documentary tells the story of how Wray, the lead researcher for BC Whales, seized the moment to partner with her colleagues Paul Spong and Helena Symonds at OrcaLab to hear how whales communicate when the underwater landscape is free from the chugging, droning, and ear-splitting sounds of cruise ships.

Read the full story and watch the film here.

We respectfully acknowledge the filming took place within the traditional territories of the 'Namgis First Nation, as well as the traditional Kwakwaka'wakw territory.


"The Wild Bus team are an absolute pleasure to work with. Director, Louisa, has an exceptional gift for storytelling and an eye for the cinematic that makes her an invaluable resource to any film project. Louisa's team has a real talent for working in remote and challenging conditions and her access to these places, and willingness to work in challenging conditions, makes her a real asset. Will absolutely be working with her again!"

Hakai Institute & Hakai Magazine

Katrina Pyne

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