Sightings Report for May 23 2018

What a beautiful Wednesday, the sun was shining and the skies were clear! In the morning we sent out BC ORCA and BC TIKA, but by the afternoon the wind picked up, so BC LUNA was perfect for keeping everyone dry!! 

It was a day of humpback encounters! Several individuals were seen north of Victoria and were being rather playful. They rolled onto their backs and splashed with their pectoral fins, also showing off their large throat grooves!! We love to see happy whales!!

~Stay tuned!

Sightings Report for May 22 2018

Calm seas and sunny skies makes for great whale watching conditions! Biggs Orca were encountered all day, with 2 different groups in range!!

Biggs orca are known mammal eaters and often prey on seals, sea lions, and porpoise. Hopefully their presence increases as the seal pupping season begins in the Salish Sea!! Our very own Captain Russ picked up both groups during a morning tour on BC ORCA. Two large males were seen right off the waterfront of Victoria, then another pod of four was spotted near Sydney!! Good eye captain!!

~Stay tuned for whats next!!

 Photo Credit: Tom Mitchell

Photo Credit: Tom Mitchell

Sightings Report for May 21 2018

Happy Victoria Day!! The day started with a lot of cloud cover but by early afternoon the sun was out and the skies were clear. Lucky for us, Bigg's Orca were in range all day!

Captain Jim headed out on BC TIKA for a morning tour, excited to see who was in the area for the day. It wasn't long before a pod of Bigg's Orca (mammal eaters) were sighted northeast of Victoria!! They were heading towards us so we knew our second tour would be able to catch up with them as well. In the afternoon our guests got treated to a multiple whale species tour, and saw a feeding Humpback on their way back to the harbor!!

~ Stay tuned!!!

 Photo Credit: Tom Mitchell

Photo Credit: Tom Mitchell

Sightings Report for May 20 2018

Another week gone, and June is approaching rapidly!!! Peak season is just around the corner, and the large migratory whales are here!

We encountered Humpback whales throughout the day in Haro Strait!! Our afternoon guests got to see them breaching, which is rare in our waters!! They must be eating well if they are happy enough to play!

~Stay tuned for whats next!

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Sightings Report for May 16th 2018

Happy Hump Day!! In keeping with the theme we encountered Humpback whales all day. With clear skies and calm winds our captains couldn't wait to leave the docks!!!

The humpback whales are beginning to arrive for the summer to feed on the small zooplankton. They migrate here from Hawaii and Mexico where they breed and calf in the tropical waters.

A stop by Race Rocks Ecological park is always a hit! A popular haul out site for local pinnipeds, including, California and Steller Sea Lions and Harbor Seals. They can be heard barking at each other while competing for space on the rocks. 

~ Stay tuned for whats next!

 Photo Credit: Tom Mitchell

Photo Credit: Tom Mitchell

Sightings Report for May 15th 2018

It's already the middle of May, with only two more weeks until peak whale watching season! It was a sunny Tuesday in greater Victoria, with winds that picked up into the afternoon.

Unfortunately no whales were seen on our morning tour, but by afternoon a pod of Biggs Orca moved into range! BC TIKA handles best on choppy waters so she was perfect for the afternoon tour. The orca were encountered travelling away from Puget Sound and moving fast!

~ Stay tuned for whats next!!

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Sightings Report for May 14th 2018

Another sunny day in Victoria, it feels like spring is turning into summer as we gear up for peak whale watching season! 

Our captains were excited to leave the dock, and discover what was going on in the Salish Sea. It wasn't long before they picked up Biggs Orca and Humpback whales, we are so lucky that our local waters can support so much life!!

Orca travel fast, and by the afternoon they were far North of Victoria. Good thing our vessels are faster, and we were able to reach them on our afternoon trips!! A group of guests got to witness several orca chasing a sea lion, although this is something they are good at, the sea lion prevailed. 

~ Stay tuned for what we encounter next!!

Sightings Report for May 13th 2018

Happy Mothers day!!!! A beautiful Sunday in the greater Victoria area, and calm seas made for amazing whale watching conditions!

Captain Gordon, Russ, and Kaegan headed out to see what they could find in the Salish Sea for the day. It wasn't long before Humpback and Gray whales were encountered feeding in the Juan de Fuca Strait!! In the afternoon there were reports of Biggs orca (mammal eaters) northeast of Victoria, it was a long trip but Captain Russ decided to go for it! 

Stay tuned for whats next!