Sightings Report for October 15th 2017

It was a great sunny Sunday in Victoria yesterday! There were reports of cetaceans in the area before captain Russ left the dock, making him very eager to start the day! 

Both orca and humpback whales were encountered throughout the day! In the morning a pod of California Transient orca were spotted hunting in the Juna De Fuca Strait! This was a very unique and rare sighting, because like their name suggests they are often found off the coast of California! A lot of humpback whales are still around feeding and relaxing in the local waters, its always great to encounter these gentle giants!

In the afternoon Captain Russ went East to catch up with more humpbacks and the Resident Orcas (salmon eaters) identified as J pod!! They have not been around a lot this season due to a shortage of prey, so it is great to see them back!

Stay tuned!

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Sightings Report for October 14th 2017

It was overcast all day in the Victoria area, luckily the winds were low and the waters were calm making it easy to spot "blows" of cetaceans as they came to the surface to breathe.

Captain Gordon left the dock excited to see who was in the local waters for the day! Encountered were several individual humpback whales. They were relaxing and feeding, seemingly enjoying their weekend! These gentle giants are known to show off their tail fluke before descending on a deep dive giving our guests the famous shot! 

Stay tuned for what we encounter next!

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Sightings Report for October 13th 2017

The air is becoming more brisk as we head through October, but with a mix of sun and cloud the conditions have remained great for watching whales. Friday the 13th proved to bring us great encounters!

Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) identified as the T11's were encountered throughout the day as they scanned the Salish Sea for prey. The pod is a mother and son pair seen very frequently in our waters!

Humpback whales are being encountered everyday as they feed and relax in the Juna De Fuca Strait. Captain Gord and his passengers were lucky to have one of these gentle giants breach right near the boat!!!What an incredible and unique experience!!!

Stay tuned for whats next!

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Sightings Report for October 8th 2017

Sunday brought back the beautiful weather, and reports of orca in the area came in before our captains left the dock, so we knew it was going to be an awesome day!!

Four different pods of Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) were encountered throughout the Juna De Fuca Strait! One of our morning tours got to see a pod chase and eat a harbor porpoise, showing off their power and speed.

Humpback whales were encountered feeding on small bait fish throughout the Salish Sea, relaxing and enjoying the bounty of food. After a pattern of surface breathes they arch their back and use their body weight to dive, showing their famous fluke on the way down.

Stay Tuned! 

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Sightings Report for October 7th 2017

The day began with high winds that steadily increased throughout the day, creating rough seas. Luckily BC LUNA is great for weather conditions like this, so she went out on a morning tour!

Captain Gordon caught up with two different pods of Biggs Ocra (mammal eaters) headed West in the Juan De Fuca Strait. They often remain close to the shore line where they find their favorite prey, harbor seals! These apex predators need to eat frequently, so they can often be seen hunting and eating. 

Humpbacks were also encountered near Race Rocks feeding and relaxing, it wont be too long before most of them head South for the winter to mate and calve.

Stay Tuned for what we encounter next!! 

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Sightings Report for October 6th 2017

Winds were high and it was raining by the afternoon, however we had a chance to sneak in a tour while the weather was calm!

Captain Russ caught up with six individual humpbacks feeding near Race Rocks, they seemed to be very happy and were seen doing several cartwheels!! Then a stop by Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to check out the seals and sea lions at their favorite haul out site. They can often be heard barking and roaring, and seenrelaxing or sparing with each other as they compete for space on the rocks.

We are almost at the end of the season and we be closing on October 22! Don't forget to take advantage of the fall discount of 15% off by using the promo code "whalesale".

Stay tuned!!

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Sightings Report for October 1st 2017

The first day of October was a success! Low winds, a mix of sun and clouds and reports of whales in the area made it a perfect day to be on the water! 

Humpbacks are still feeding throughout the Juna De Fuca Strait! These large animals feed on small bait fish and phytoplankton species by gaping their mouths and swimming into their schooling prey! It is incredible to think of how much they have to eat to sustain and built their blubber layer. 

Make sure to take advantage of our 15% fall discount by using the promo code "whalesale" when you book online!

Stay tuned!!

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Sightings Report for September 30th 2017

Its the last day of September with overcast, periods of sun and mild winds; still good whale watching conditions and lots of whales! 

Today our captains caught up with different species of cetaceans in the local waters, including orcas and humpbacks! Several groups of orca were picked up heading into the Salish Sea from the open Pacific, moving right past the large volume of humpback whales feeding near the mouth of the Juna De Fuca Strait.

A visit to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve is always a hit with the guests! It is a hot spot for seals and sea lions, they are often seen lounging on the rocks relaxing and barking at one another. 

Stay tuned for whats next!

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