Posts tagged marine mammals
Sightings Report for July 16th 2018

What a lovely way to start the week!! The skies were clear and the sun was bringing the heat to the capital region!

We spotted multiple humpbacks feeding in the morning, as well as several pods of Bigg's Killer Whales (mammal eaters) throughout the day. We were very lucky to encounter these mammal-eating orcas as they successfully hunted porpoises. 

Our captains also made a stop at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, which is especially beautiful on a sunny day like today!  A couple of our vessels really lucked out when they stumbled on a grey whale, a rare sight here during this time of year. 

Captain Jim and Captain Kaegan came across some very curious Bigg's Killer Whales again in the afternoon, as well as some more humpback whales, sea lions, otters, and seals. 

After such an awesome day on the water, we're so excited to see what tomorrow brings!!

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Sightings Report for September 29th 2017

Fall is coming! It was an overcast morning with periods of rain, with sun and strong winds in the afternoon! 

Captain Russ encountered the endangered Southern Residents on our morning tour! They were identified as J pod, seen heading North into the heart of the Salish Sea in search of their favourite prey; salmon! A loan humpback was encountered in the afternoon, calmly feeding and enjoying the rough surface waters.

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Stay Tuned for what we spot today!

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Sightings Report for September 22nd 2017

The sun was shining all morning but the clouds rolled through into the afternoon, lucky for us the wind remained calm, with the water ideal for spotting cetaceans as they surface!

Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) were encountered east and west of Victoria throughout the day so our captains had their pick and encountered several different groups! They were seen hunting and successfully making kills, as well as socializing afterward to celebrate!

Resident Orcas (fish eaters) identified as L pod are back and foraging for Salmon around the San Juan Islands! It was a pleasure to encounter these endangered species, because they have stayed offshore most of this season. 

A few individual humpbacks were also encountered foraging and resting in the Strait before making a stop in to see seals and sea lions at their favourite haul out sight, Race Rocks!

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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!! 

Sightings Report for August 2nd 2017

The heat is intense, the water was calm, and to top if off we had sightings of Orca whales for the first time in awhile!

The Biggs are back!!! Our fleet caught up with several pods of Biggs killer whales (mammal eaters) throughout the day as they searched for prey, socialized, and relaxed in the Salish Sea. After being absent for over a week it is good to have them back in the area!!

Humpbacks are still around and friendly as ever! They have been giving our guests incredible interactions as they surface and splash around the boat, they seem to want to watch us as well!

Two illusive Minke whales were spotted by a guest on an afternoon trip, and although these whales are usually shy, they came close and gracefully moved through the water near the boat, giving our guests a unique interaction with these rarely seen cetaceans. 

Stay tuned for whats next!!

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!