Jon was a good friend. In 1983 I approached him and his group at Memorial University in Newfoundland and he, and all of his students, were incredibly open and generous and spent days and weeks helping me on the section on Newfoundland in The Whale Watcher's Handbook. There were many other such collaborations in the years that followed. He was a pioneer in many ways in the whale field, someone who truly blended the science and the caring for the individual animals. If someone hasn't done it already, we should name a whale after him, to help carry on his spirit. There are an awful lot of humpbacks out there who owe their lives to him. Humpback whales should create a 'Jon Lien award'. Of all his talents, how wonderful to be a champion 'whale saver'.