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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

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 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

Sighting Report for July 22, 2017

A great start to the weekend! The wind was low yet again keeping the water flat calm, making great conditions for spotting whales as they come to the surface to breathe.

There were several individual humpback whales spread throughout the Juan De Fuca Strait as they headed West to the open Pacific. We are lucky to have these gentle giants stop by the Salish Sea to feed and relax before they finish their long trip North to Alaskan waters!  

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve is always full of life, where several seals and sea lions sun themselves on the rocks as they relax and interact with each other. Ollie the only local sea otter was also spotted hanging out the in the kelp forest, where he enjoys wrapping himself with the kelp in order to take an afternoon nap. 

Stay tuned!!

Sightings Report for July 15, 2017!

What a brilliant day on the water!! The sun was out and the wind was calm as the captains set out to see what kind of action was taking place in the waters around Victoria. 

Biggs orca are still in the area feeding and enjoying the increase in prey availability this season! Our fleet caught up with a pod near the San Juan Islands as they zeroed in on their prey, while teaching their calves to hunt. After successfully making a kill and enjoying a snack Captain Tom dropped the hydrophone in the water to hear them vocalize as the celebrated their meal, leaving our guests in awe at their beauty and power. 

Stay tuned for what we encounter today!

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Sighting Report for July 11, 2017!

Another great day on the water with calmer seas and numerous different pods of Bigg's orca (mammal hunters) in the area.

Our morning expeditions got to encounter the T101's, which consist of a 44 year old female and her two sons, whom are in the early 20's.

The afternoon tours got to encounter a large group of Bigg's orca, as well as, a few individual humpback whales close to the waterfront of Victoria.

Its another amazing day on the west coast today ~ stay tuned to see what we encounter today!!

Sighting Report for July 10, 2017

From the wind forecast we were again expecting a more adventurous day on the water.  Our guests on the morning expeditions were excited and pumped to see what we would encounter.  Shortly after pushing off the dock we received reports of a large group of orca Southeast of Victoria.   Our morning trips eagerly headed that way and were stoked to encounter a large group of Bigg's orca (mammal hunters).

The wind did pick up quite extensively in the afternoon, which did limit our ability to re-encounter the orca, as they were located in the rougher waters.  However, our tours did pickup a couple of interactive humpback whales close to Victoria.

Once again we did have to cancel our sunset cruise expeditions due to the high winds and water surface conditions, which we deemed to be too unsafe for our guests.

Another successful yet adventurous day on the water in the Pacific Northwest.  

Stay tuned to see what happens on the water today!

Sighting Report for July 8, 2017!!

This morning we had calm seas and sunshine! As well as that we also had early rumoured reports of orca right off the Victoria waterfront.  It appeared to be quite a few Bigg's orca (mammal hunters) socializing and frolicking on the surface, which wowed all of our guests on board.

The afternoon was just as much fun with great orca and humpback encounters.  Unfortunately, the wind did pick right up once again in the early evening, which resulted in us having to cancel the sunset cruise.  It always breaks our hearts when we have to cancel due to weather conditions.

Our first priority on the water is always Safety and Comfort.  

Today is looking not as windy and we are looking forward to getting on the water! Stay Tuned!!