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Tonya Wimmer
Tonya Wimmer
Manager, Species Conservation
A marine mammal biologist and a Nova Scotia native, Tonya has spent the past six years with WWF-Canada focused on reducing entanglements of endangered North Atlantic right whales and the bycatch of at-risk sharks and sea turtles. With one foot on the boat and another in the boardroom, she has developed important partnerships with fishers, industry experts, management authorities and scientists to drive this work.

Over the course of her research and training at Dalhousie University, Tonya spent over 52 weeks at sea studying whales and dolphins. She also served on the advisory committee responsible for driving the protection of the Sable Gully, the site of Tonya’s studies on endangered northern bottlenose whales. Today, Tonya’s breadth of experience and expertise benefits WWF as well as students at Dalhousie, where she teaches courses on marine mammals. She is also the president of the Marine Animal Response Society, a charitable organization that responds to distressed marine animals off the coast of Nova Scotia.

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A panda among sharks: An epic voyage
WWF-Canada's marine mammal expert Tonya Wimmer swam with great white sharks in South Africa...and has something to say about it!

Recent orca birth brings hope to endangered population
Better news for the population of critically endangered southern resident killer whales who welcomed a new orca calf into JPod.

A Christmas wish
I'm not Santa, but my colleagues and I will continue to work hard at protecting endangered species, and to give them a voice as we 'plan' the future of their home. The future of all species on this planet is in our hands.

The Gully: An East Coast Natural Wonder Turns 10
Some 200km off the coast of Nova Scotia lies one of Canada’s natural wonders – an underwater canyon that dwarfs the Grand Canyon! This canyon is called the Sable Gully and it’s actually the most prominent underwater geological feature on all of the east coast of North America.

Extremely loud and incredibly close: seismic tests in Atlantic Canada will hurt endangered whales 
The Sable Gully celebrates its 10th Anniversary as a Marine Protected Area in May 2014. But this safe haven could soon be under threat by loud seismic exploration for oil and gas, blasting away years of efforts to protect one of Canada’s most incredible undersea environments.