Sightings Report - April 13 2019

Whale hello! We have had the absolute pleasure of viewing both transient and resident killer whales for the past few weeks now. While the season is just underway, we have been viewing some great action out on the water! Recently our guests encountered transient killer whales feasting on harbour seals!

We are looking forward to making your whale watching dreams come true for the 2019 season! Stay tuned for a lot more incredible sightings and make sure to come out with us to see the beauty for yourself.

-BC Whale Tours Crew

Sightings Report - Season 2019 is here!

We are back!! After what felt like a long cold winter, it is great to be on the water again. According to various news outlets Victoria experienced more snow than any other Canadian city in February. But with the sun shining and cherry blossom trees blooming we are optimistic that spring is coming!

After the first week on the Salish Sea, we cannot wait for what peak season will bring! Since running the first trip last Monday we have encountered seals, sea lions, playful Dall’s porpoise, orcas and even sheep!

So far all the action has been taking place in the San Juan Archipelago, where the islands create high currents through narrow channels and great hunting opportunities for orcas! On March 6th a large pod of Dall’s porpoise played with BC Luna right before they saw Mouflon Sheep on Spieden Island. Even though they did not encounter whales, everyone had a great time and received 20% money back along with a return stand by tour! Over the weekend several groups of orca combed the area for prey, often splitting up then coming together to share their meal.

Bring on the season!!

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Sightings Report for October 20th 2018

Its officially the last day of our 2018 season!! The weather is foretasted to change in the upcoming week, so we are lucky to have the sun for our last day!!

We encountered humpback whales west of Victoria just outside of the blanket of fog. They were in a loose aggregation feeding at the surface and approached the boat to check us out several times, very cool!!

Seals and Sea Lions have been plentiful at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve as they soak up the sun and compete for space on the rocks.

Thank you to everyone for another amazing season, cant wait to see what next year brings :)

~ Whale see you in the Spring!!

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Capt Tom
Sightings Report for October 19th 2018

Its officially the last weekend of the season!! The weather continues to be sunny and calm, perfect for whale watching!

We encountered several friendly humpback whales West of Victoria. They were seen lunge feeding over and over! These gentle giants need to put on a thick blubber layer for their long migration south for the winter.

Race Rocks is full of barking seals and sea lions, as they sun themselves and compete for space a lot the shoreline of the islands.

Only 2 days left!!

~ Stay tuned!!

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Capt Tom
Sightings Report for October 14th 2018 - 1 week left!

There is only 6 days left our 2018 season!!! Sunny skies and calm seas continue into the week, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather!

The Humpbacks have been stealing the show lately with a lot of cool surface behaviour. The fleet encountered several lunge feeding, cartwheeling and breaching individuals and we love to see happy whales! They are scattered throughout the area feeding on the bounty of zooplankton and bait fish in the water column. Soon most of them will migrate to their tropical breeding grounds for the winter. These whales will travel thousands of kilometres to Hawaii and Mexico!

~ Stay tuned!

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Capt Tom
Sightings Report for October 13th 2018

Time flies when everyday on the Salish Sea is a blast! We cannot believe our 2018 season is coming to an end. Yesterdays skies were clear and sunny with low winds, making the conditions ideal for whale watching, once again!

The mammal eating Biggs orca have been frequenting the area all month, often seen in groups travelling through or hunting. This ecotype of orca remain quiet and work together to heard their prey items and always share their catch.

Humpback whales are still here feeding before leaving to tropical waters for breeding and calving. There has been a loose aggregation of them in the Juan de Fuca Strait following the tides as it pushes the zooplankton.

~ Stay tuned!

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Capt Tom
Sightings Report for October 12th 2018

The sun was shining and the waters were calm as the fleet headed out. Reports of orca and humpback whales came in early so we were excited to get out there!

Our fleet spent the day out West with humpback and orca whales. Biggs Orca groups were picked up along the coastline of Sooke. One of our vessels had a close encounter as the whale took down a harbor seals right next to the boat, everybody’s got to eat!

There have been juvenile humpbacks feeding near Race Rocks Ecological Reserve! Often seen with their mouth gaping open as they break the surface to trap their lunch.

Lots of seals and sea lions can be seen (and smelt) relaxing along the shoreline of Race Rocks. Often heard barking at one another as they compete for space with the other males.

~ Stay tuned!

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Capt Tom
Sightings Report for October 11th 2018

Another wonderful day on the water! The clear skies and hot sun has us thinking its summer again.

Before our vessels left the harbour there was reports of the mammal eating Biggs orca near the San Juan Islands. The group was scanning the channels for potential prey, like a delicious seal or porpoise.

Humpback sightings have been unreal lately, with lots of surface behaviors. They have been seen lunge feeding, pectoral fin slapping, and cartwheeling. Although our season is almost over, there is plenty of action taking place in the Salish Sea!

~ Stay tuned!

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Capt Tom