In 1970, Dr. Paul Spong established OrcaLab
as a summer field research base on Hanson Island. This approximately
20km square remote island is located in western Johnstone Strait and
is bounded on its northern side by Blackfish Sound. Hanson Island
is at the centre of the "core area" for visiting resident orcas. Because
the whales must pass Hanson Island on their travels to and from Johnstone
Strait, it provides excellent opportunities to observe and listen
to the orcas as they move about the area. Over the course of 30 years,
OrcaLab has developed into a permanent research and living facility.
Today, Dr. Spong lives at OrcaLab, year round, with his wife Helena
and daughter Anna.