Posts tagged killerwhales
Sightings & Rescue Report - May 9th 2019

Yesterday was quite the adventure out on the water viewing a Minke whale as well as Grey whales. After leaving the scene of a Grey whale our incredible skipper, Gordon, on BC ORCA was one of the first on scene to come to the rescue of another local whale watching company that had began to take on water. Captain Gordon was able to safely shuttle 12 of their passengers back into Victoria.

Everyone was safe with no major injuries! This is a great example of camaraderie on the water!

Great job, Captain Gordon!

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 for June 27th 2018

The day began sunny with calm winds, however they did build throughout the day so we had to move our sunset tour passengers to an afternoon trip! Our Captains were eager to leave the dock as there was reports that the Southern Resident Orca's (salmon eaters) were headed into the Salish Sea!!!

We are very excited that they are back, and hope that they can find the food they need to stay!! We have a lot of respect for these whales and hold them close to our hearts. Our boats are designed to have a low noise rating and our captains always abide by the whale wise regulations to ensure a positive encounter for everyone!!

~ Stay tuned!!!

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Sightings Report for June 22nd 2018

The day began with the sun shining but the wind picked up and the clouds moved in by the early afternoon.

In the morning our fleet caught up with the Southern Residents (salmon eaters) as they headed west through the Juan de Fuca Strait. They have now headed back out the the open ocean, we hope that they find enough food offshore and that we see them again soon!

BC TIKA went for an afternoon tour because she handles the best on rough waters. Captain Russ headed north east of Victoria to catch up with some Bigg's orca (mammal eaters)! They were identified as the T65A's, our guests were excited to see the brand new calf in the pod!!

~ Stay Tuned for whats next!!

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Sightings Report for June 12th 2018

It was a chilly overcast day with flat calm waters as we sent out BC TIKA and LUNA for morning tours! It wasn't long before reports of both Biggs (mammal eaters) and Southern Resident orca's (salmon eaters) were picked up! Our captains could not wait to get off the dock and see what the Residents were up to, and if they were finding the food they need!

Our fleet got the privilege to encounter members of L pod of the Southern Resident killer whale (salmon eaters) population! They were foraging through the Juan de Fuca Strait as they headed west, back out to the open ocean. We hope to see them again soon!! Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) were encountered off Otter Point in the afternoon, as they scanned for potential prey. Once successful they often celebrate by breaching, tail slapping and vocalizing!

~ Stay Tuned!!  

Photo Credit: Jim Carpenter

Photo Credit: Jim Carpenter

Sightings Report for June 10th 2018

Happy Sunday! With sunny skies and calm seas BC ORCA and BC LUNA left the dock to see who was in the area for the day!

It wasn't long before several groups of Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) were picked up in the Salish Sea! Our coastal waters are so productive that they are able to support a variety of life, including many species of marine mammals. Seals and porpoise's make a large part of the Biggs Orca diet, so the pods often come in to hunt for their favourite prey! 

By the afternoon the whales were very close to Victoria so our passengers got to spend more time on scene!! The whales were still in hunting mode as they foraged throughout the area. Pods are often seen celebrating their success after a meal!

~ Stay tuned for whats next!!

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Sightings Report for June 3rd 2018

Its officially June, which means it's also peak whale watching season!! We are excited to see what kind of whale action will take place and who we will meet! Not only do we get the privilege of interacting with wildlife, but also the chance to meet humans (meat & vegetable eaters) from all over the globe!!

It was a cool drizzly day in the capital region, but lucky for us the whales don't care! We sent out BC TIKA and ORCA in the morning and it wasn't long before a pod of Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) were picked up near Vancouver. It was a long trip, but our captains went for it!! Good thing our vessels are fast, and we have the ability to extend our tour times!! When they got on scene the whales were in a playful mood, and were seen breaching and tail slapping! The pod was headed south, so our afternoon tour on BC LUNA caught up with them again in the afternoon. We love to see happy whales and passengers!!

~Stay Tuned!

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Sightings Report for May 26th 2018

There was a mix of sun and cloud on Saturday morning as we prepared for another day on the water. Reports of Orca came in right as our fleet left the dock, so the Captains went for it!!

Several pods of Biggs orca (mammal eaters) were picked up throughout the Salish Sea yesterday. Our passengers had some great encounters with these animals as they moved through the scattered islands. The orca were travelling in strange patterns, perhaps they were scanning for potential prey, like a seal or sea lion!! 

~Stay tuned for what we encounter next!

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