Sightings Report for October 22nd 2017

Last day of the season!! The weather couldn't seem to make up its mind with periods of sun and heavy rain. Captain Russ decided it was best to take BC LUNA, our fully enclosed zodiac, for these conditions and the comfort of our passengers. He could not wait to get on the water to see who was in the area for the last trip of the season!

Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) and humpbacks have been consistently encountered throughout the summer and yesterday was no exception! Captain Russ caught up with both species as they foraged in the Salish Sea, the Biggs Orca were identified as individuals who frequent California.

Thank you to everyone for making this season a great success, and a special thanks to all of our wonderful captains!! There is an element of uncertainty in wildlife adventures and the presence of animals is key. This season there was a very noticeable absence of the Southern Resident Orca population, but we hope to see a rebound of the salmon stocks in years to come so these animals can thrive once again.  We have a lot of respect for these top predators and it is a pleasure to give them value. Our goal is to help people understand their important role in the local ecosystem, while creating unforgettable memories on their adventure!

Next season will begin March 1st 2018!!

Sightings Report for October 21st 2017

The weather was ugly as another storm rolled through the Victoria area. High winds kept our fleet off the water in the morning, but Captain Gordon took an afternoon trip on BC LUNA. She is the perfect vessel for such weather because of her heated cabin and ability to handle rough seas. 

Captain Gordon headed west and got to encountered humpback whales off of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve! In the heart of the park are a hand full of small islands that make a great haul out site for several species of seals and sea lions. They can often be seen relaxing on the rocks, or swimming through the kelp forests.

Today is the last day of the season, and Captain Russ is heading out on BC TIKA to see who's in the area for the last time in 2017!

Sightings Report for October 20th 2017

The morning started off gloomy and rainy, but the wind pushed the clouds through the area and the sun came out! 

Captain Russ picked up a pod of Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) heading West in the Juna De Fuca Strait in the morning, they were spotted close to the American coastline most likely scanning the area for prey! Then in the afternoon our fleet headed East to catch up with another pod of Biggs Orca!

Humpbacks are still in the Salish Sea feeding on small bait fish and zooplankton species! These gentle giants need to eat tonnes of food a day to build their blubber layer for the winter months. 

We will be closed for the season on Monday October 23rd, so this is the last weekend to sneak in a whale watching adventure! Use our discount code "whalesale" and receive 15% off your tour!

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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