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Sightings Report for May 29 2018

Another windy day in the capital region, good thing our vessels were designed to handle choppy waters! Reports of Biggs Orca came in early in the morning and our captains couldn't wait to get off the dock for the day!

Captain Gordon took BC ORCA out for a morning tour and caught up with a pod of Biggs Orca as they were travelling through. We hoped they would be in range for the day as they traveled further north!!

With a high westerly wind in the afternoon, BC TIKA was perfect for maneuvering through the waves! Unfortunately the whales moved too quickly and we were not able to catch them. However, our passengers still had a good time despite not seeing whales. Good thing we have the best no whale guarantee in the inner harbor and when they returned to the dock we offered our guests 20% refund and a stand by tour on us!!

~ Stay tuned!

Sightings Report for May 21 2018

Happy Victoria Day!! The day started with a lot of cloud cover but by early afternoon the sun was out and the skies were clear. Lucky for us, Bigg's Orca were in range all day!

Captain Jim headed out on BC TIKA for a morning tour, excited to see who was in the area for the day. It wasn't long before a pod of Bigg's Orca (mammal eaters) were sighted northeast of Victoria!! They were heading towards us so we knew our second tour would be able to catch up with them as well. In the afternoon our guests got treated to a multiple whale species tour, and saw a feeding Humpback on their way back to the harbor!!

~ Stay tuned!!!

Photo Credit: Tom Mitchell

Photo Credit: Tom Mitchell

Sightings Report for May 20 2018

Another week gone, and June is approaching rapidly!!! Peak season is just around the corner, and the large migratory whales are here!

We encountered Humpback whales throughout the day in Haro Strait!! Our afternoon guests got to see them breaching, which is rare in our waters!! They must be eating well if they are happy enough to play!

~Stay tuned for whats next!

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Sightings Report for May 14th 2018

Another sunny day in Victoria, it feels like spring is turning into summer as we gear up for peak whale watching season! 

Our captains were excited to leave the dock, and discover what was going on in the Salish Sea. It wasn't long before they picked up Biggs Orca and Humpback whales, we are so lucky that our local waters can support so much life!!

Orca travel fast, and by the afternoon they were far North of Victoria. Good thing our vessels are faster, and we were able to reach them on our afternoon trips!! A group of guests got to witness several orca chasing a sea lion, although this is something they are good at, the sea lion prevailed. 

~ Stay tuned for what we encounter next!!

Sightings Report for April 28th 2018

After a warm and sunny week, the rain is back! Fortunately, the whales are already wet and the wind was calm! Sightings were reported northeast of Victoria, very close to Vancouver. It was a long trip, but thats what our zodiacs were built for and our Captains were able to catch up with the whales! 

The reports of Bigg's Orca (mammal eaters) came in just before Captain Russ and Kaegan left the dock!! As they arrived on scene the orcas were seen scanning the area for prey, often speeding up in burst's to catch their meal. Most of their feeding takes place underwater, but splashes at the surface indicate their success.  

Stay tuned for what we encounter next!

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Sightings Report for April 5th 2018

The weather this past week has been very gloomy and cold, because of these conditions BC LUNA has spent a lot of time on the water! She is the best vessel for comfort and warmth, equipped with large windows so you don't miss the beautiful views of the coast.

Despite the weather our wildlife encounters have been consistent. Both ecotypes of orca have been seen in the area throughout the week. A super pod of transient orca (mammal eaters) were encountered north of the San Juan Islands just the other day! There were approximately 20 whales, which is very rare as they generally hangout in pods of 3-4 individuals. Residential orca (salmon eating) were also encountered chasing salmon throughout the Juan de Fuca Strait! 
Yesterday captain Gordon caught up with a pair of transient orcas just off the water front of downtown Victoria! They were identified as a male and female from different family pods, very unique experience.

Stay tuned for what we encounter next!

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Sightings Report for March 2018

Happy to be back for the 2018 Season!! We officially opened at the beginning of March, and have been off to a great start!

Although peak whale watching season is typically from June to September, Captain Russ, Gordon, and Kaegan have had the chance to encounter several different Orca pods throughout the month. Both the Southern Resident's and Bigg's Orca have been frequenting the Salish Sea, typically seen scanning for prey before heading back out to the open Pacific.

This summer we hope to see the endangered Southern Resident Orca's more often. Their numbers have decreased in response to collapsing Chinook Salmon populations, as they are the main source of prey. A greater presence will mean that they are able to find enough food to support their family pod!

Bigg's orca are frequently encountered in the area, often seen targeting other marine mammals including; seals, sea lions, porpoise, etc. They work as a team to outmaneuver and stun their prey. This week Captain Russ and his passengers got to encounter California orca travelling with the T11's!

This year we are offering a 20% discount to residents of Victoria and a 10% military discount!!

We are excited to show our guests why we love what we do, bring on the season!

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!