Sightings Report for September 22nd 2017

The sun was shining all morning but the clouds rolled through into the afternoon, lucky for us the wind remained calm, with the water ideal for spotting cetaceans as they surface!

Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) were encountered east and west of Victoria throughout the day so our captains had their pick and encountered several different groups! They were seen hunting and successfully making kills, as well as socializing afterward to celebrate!

Resident Orcas (fish eaters) identified as L pod are back and foraging for Salmon around the San Juan Islands! It was a pleasure to encounter these endangered species, because they have stayed offshore most of this season. 

A few individual humpbacks were also encountered foraging and resting in the Strait before making a stop in to see seals and sea lions at their favourite haul out sight, Race Rocks!

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Sighting Report for September 20, 2017

Early morning reports of orca were confirmed by the time our morning expeditions had left the dock.  All of our morning adventures headed towards the Juan De Fuca Strait between the southern end of Vancouver Island and mainland Washington state, USA.

All of our guests were thrilled to interact with the T11s (mother and son pod of Bigg's orca), the mammal hunting orca circled around a specific area that suggested they were hunting something close by.

The afternoon trips got to encounter the same pod of orca, as well as, a heap of marine mammal life on Race Rocks ecological reserve.  It was a great day to be on the water.

lets see what happens today on the Salish Sea ~ Stay Tuned!! 

Sighting Report for September 19, 2017

We weren't sure if it was going to be a day of sunshine or a day of west coast rain.. We DID know it was going to be an exciting adventure though, as it always is.  Our morning expeditions headed out to scan the area and the tours got an arrange of humpbacks and/or orca.

The afternoon tour turned into a longer than usual trip, as the orca we enoucntered in the morning had moved further away into the Puget Sound towards Seattle.

All of our expeditions did encounter the pod of Bigg's orca (mammal hunters) and everyone was beyond excited.

Stay tuned to see what we encounter on the Salish sea today

Capt Tom
Sighting Report for September 18, 2017

Today was shaping up to be another adventure just waiting to be experienced.  With the sun out from behind the clouds and whale sightings beginning to flood in from various individuals around the local area - we were keen to get out there!

Captain. Gordon and Russ were off heading towards an earlier report that suggested orca were near the American San Juan Islands and that they were.  Our guests got an amazing morning encounter with a pod of Bigg's orca (mammal hunters).  The individuals were the T101's to be exact.

Time to get the boats ready for another day of adventure and fun on the water

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The 109s encountered on September 16, 2017 ~ PC. Capt. Tom

Sightings Report for September 17th 2017

With rain and clouds in the area for the day it was quiet in the inner harbour, but there was plenty of the action taking place in the waters surrounding the capital city! Our fleet caught up with several species of cetaceans throughout the day as they searched for their choice prey in the Salish Sea!

A few pods of Bigg's Orca (mammal eaters) were encountered hunting and scanning the coastline! These large animals need to eat frequently to meet their metabolic needs, because they are looking for other marine mammals they need to stay quiet and stealth while hunting. Luckily they are great at what they do and were seen eating several meals throughout the day! The whales also became curious about us and were seen "spy hopping" (in the picture below), they do this by sticking their heads out of the water to look at their surroundings!

Humpback whales are still here feeding on the many schools of bait fish and krill in the Juna De Fuca Strait! Their large mouths lined with rows of baleen is perfect for trapping large amounts of prey and filtering out the water.

Stay tuned for what we encounter this week!

Sightings Report for September 16th 2017

Sunny skies and calm winds made for great whale watching conditions and a fantastic way to start off the weekend! The flat waters made it very easy to see the exhales of cetaceans as they surfaced to breathe.

Several Bigg's Orca pods were picked up throughout the Juna De Fuca Strait, scanning the coastline for other marine mammals as potential prey. Several pods were seen hunting and took down several harbour seals! After working together to out maneuver and catch their prey they share it equally throughout their family pod. There were also several very curious whales that approached the boats to check us out, giving passengers a very rare and unique experience!

The humpbacks are still around feeding before they head off for the winter months to breed and calve in tropical waters. They are often encountered feeding on small bait fish in order to satisfy their metabolic needs and put on blubber for their migration!

Stay tuned for what we encounter tomorrow!

Sightings Report for September 15th 2017

September has been incredible so far! We have had contact with whales almost everyday, often encountering several pods of orca and humpbacks in the local waters. Most mornings there have been reports of whales in the area before our fleet leaves the dock and we hope this will continue until the end of October! 

Today we caught up with several groups of Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) hunting and scanning the sea for potential prey. They often spread out while looking, and when they are locked on to their target they will converge and work together to take down the prey item. 

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve is full of life as this is where many seals and sea lions go to rest and sun bathe on the rocks. Sea lions are often heard "barking" and seen sparring with one another for space on the edge of this small chain of islands. 

Stay tuned for what we encounter next!

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Sightings Report for Sept 2nd 2017

What a great start to the long weekend!! The sun was shining and the winds were calm as the captains headed out to discover what was in the local waters. It didn't take long until reports of Biggs Orca came in! Indicating they were heading through the June De Fuca Strait to see what the Salish Sea had to offer!

Our morning tours caught up with the whales as they headed West searching the coast for prey! By the afternoon it was a feast for the mammal eating Biggs orca pods as they worked together to take down their targets. They caught one thing after another and the seal gulls swooped in to get the scraps!

Humpbacks were also encountered feeding and resting throughout the Strait, coming up for  several breathes before a long dive to the bottom!

Stay tuned for what we encounter tomorrow!