Sightings Report for October 6th 2018

It was a very sunny and calm day in the Victoria area, a complete 180 from the previous day. We are coming to the end of the season but the whale encounters have yet to slow down!

In the morning our fleet encountered several humpback whales west of Victoria, one was particularly friendly and ‘mugged’ one of our vessels. This means that the individual approached and scratched its back on the haul while checking out the passengers, a rare and lucky encounter. Of course the engines were shut off and the captain waited for the whale to lose interest. The whales are not aware of the strict 100 m approach limit and sometimes its tough to keep them away from the boat!

In the afternoon a group of Biggs orcas (mammal eaters) were picked up in the Georgia Strait. They were travelling North as they scanned the area for their latest prey item. They went right by the Schwartz bay Ferry terminal and into the Saanich Inlet, cool!

~ Stay tuned!

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Capt Tom
Sightings Report for October 5th 2018

The Thanksgiving weekend has arrived! Although it is late in the season and the rainy days are becoming more frequent, there are still plenty of whales in the area!

Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) were encountered West of Victoria in Whirl Bay. While on scene there were several seals in the water coming in close to use the boat as a safety zone.

A juvenile humpback was encountered feeding ad relaxing near Race Rocks. This ecological park is a chain of small islands and a popular haul out site for many local pinnipeds. Seals and Sea Lions can be seen, heard, and smelt throughout the park

~ Stay tuned!

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Capt Tom
Sightings Report for October 4th 2018

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

Biggs orca (mammal eaters) were picked up by Race Rocks Ecological Reserve before our fleet left the dock for the day. They were identified as the T123’s and were seen with a brand new calf, that is very exciting to see!

Humpback whales are still around gorging themselves on zooplankton and small bait fish to built up enough blubber for their migration to southern waters, it wont be long now before they are gone!

~ Stay tuned!

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Capt Tom
Sightings Report for September 29th 2018

September is coming to a close, with one day left of the month. There was a strong northern wind so our fleet went west and encountered many humpback whales!

They are still here feeding in the Juan de Fuca Strait shifting with the tides. The large aggregation of baleen whales are gorging themselves before they take off for warmer southern waters for the winter.

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve is full of seals and sea lions relaxing on the rocks edge. Below is a rich kelp forest that the local sea otter wraps himself for a nap!

~ Stay tuned!

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Capt Tom
Sightings Report for September 28th 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!

Whales were everywhere (yet again!), in the morning the fleet went West to encounter the southern residents. They were seen fishing in the middle of the Juan de Fuca Strait, spread out through a channel corralling their next catch. We hope they are finding enough prey to sustain the energy needed to thrive! The mammal eating Biggs orca were also out west, seen snacking on their latest meal. This orca ecotype spend about 80% of their time hunting in order to sustain their thick blubber layer.

Humpback whales are still around foraging on microscopic zooplankton that is abundant in our waters. it wont be long before they begin to migrate back down to tropical waters for the winter.

Lots of seals and Sea Lions can be seen relaxing along the shoreline of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Often heard barking at one another as they compete for space.

~ Stay tuned!

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Sightings Report for September 27th 2018

Another lovely day in the Capital region! We are happy to see the sun continue to shine with calm waters are sticking around late into September. Our season is coming to a close in a few weeks but the whale action has yet to slow down.

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 September 22nd, 2018

Another great day on the Salish Sea. Started off with a mixed bag of weather, a little over cast and some rain then sun and a bit windy as the day progressed. I guess being that today is the first official day of Fall we had it all!

Started off the morning with spotting a juvenile Humpback cruising around the magnificent waters of Race Rocks where there were also lot’s of California Sea Lions and Stellar Sea Lions enjoying the day.

Later in the morning and afternoon we came across two pods of Transients Orcs’s, T-35’s and T-38’s near Constance Bank whom were on the hunt for their next meal. . . let’s just say they “sealed” the deal. ;) This pod of eight whales consisted of adult females and juveniles.

Our featured photo today was taken by one of our guest’s recently, Stephanie Willems whom came out with us September 15th on BC Luna and got some great pics!

Sea you soon!

Photo Credit Guest Stephanie Willems

Photo Credit Guest Stephanie Willems

Capt Tom
Sightings Report for September 21st 2018

Winds were calm and skies were grey as our fleet left the dock in the morning. There were reports of Resident orca’s west of Victoria before the fleet left the harbor!!

The Residents were fishing in the Juan de Fuca Strait as they headed west towards the open ocean. This was a good opportunity to drop the hydrophone into the water to see if they were vocalizing. Orca’s communicate using a series of clicks, whistles, and pulses that are unique to each population, it was very cool to hear them vocalize!

Humpback whales are still around foraging on microscopic zooplankton that is abundant in our waters. it wont be long before they begin to migrate back down to tropical waters for the winter.

Lots of seals and Sea Lions can be seen relaxing along the shoreline of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Often heard barking at one another as they compete for space.

~ Stay tuned!

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Capt Tom