Posts tagged orca hunting
Sightings Report for June 25th 2018

The month has flown by, as we gear up for Canada Day! Yesterday was a windy day, meaning the waters would be choppy. Good thing our vessels and Captains handle rough seas well!!

Reports of Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) came in as our Captains left the dock with BC TIKA, LUNA, and NOVA! They were seen north of Orcas Island, chasing and hunting prey. Their diet consists mostly of harbour seals and porpoise, and we often encounter them chowing down! By afternoon the pods were near Vancouver and quickly moving out of range. The pods were identified as T65A's and T49A's, who are known to hang out together!

Humpback whales were encountered in the afternoon!! They were seen foraging throughout the Salish sea. We are so lucky to have local waters that can support so much life!!!

~ Stay tuned for whats next!!

Photo Credit: Captain Russ

Photo Credit: Captain Russ

Sightings Report for June 24th 2018

Another great day in Victoria! The sun was shining and our captains could not wait to see what action was taking place in the area for the day!

It wasn't long before reports of Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) came in, several pods popped up northeast of Victoria. Our fleet caught up with them as they foraged their way through the Salish Sea!! 

Our guests also got to encounter a juvenile humpback! Alot of these gentle giants come to our nutrient rich waters to feed in the summer.

~Stay Tuned!!

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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 6th 2018

What a perfect day for whale watching!!! The sun was shining and the water was flat calm as BC TIKA & ORCA headed off the dock. We had our first sunset trip yesterday, and whales all day long!!!

Reports of Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) came in early, so our fleet caught up with them as they headed west towards Victoria. They were identified as the T124A's, consisting of a matriarch and her five calves!! Our passengers got to encounter them all day long as they actively scanned and successfully foraged through the Salish Sea! 

~Stay tuned!!

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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 23rd 2018

A great start to the week! The sun was shining and the water was calm as Captain Russ headed out of the harbour on BC Tika. Everyone kept their eye out and not long after a pod of Bigg's Orca (mammal eaters) were spotted!

As BC Tika arrived on scene the whales were almost out of range, heading North in the Georgia Strait. They were moving fast, scanning the area for other marine mammals as potential prey. After making a kill they shared it with one another, occasionally playing with it in celebration of their success. 

Captain Gordon was on BC Nova for an afternoon tour, and got to encounter a humpback whale! These gentle giants are here to feed on large amounts of small fish, and are known for their large fluke emerging from the water as they descend on a deep dive. 

We cant wait to see whats next, stay tuned!!!

Sightings Report for October 13th 2017

The air is becoming more brisk as we head through October, but with a mix of sun and cloud the conditions have remained great for watching whales. Friday the 13th proved to bring us great encounters!

Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) identified as the T11's were encountered throughout the day as they scanned the Salish Sea for prey. The pod is a mother and son pair seen very frequently in our waters!

Humpback whales are being encountered everyday as they feed and relax in the Juna De Fuca Strait. Captain Gord and his passengers were lucky to have one of these gentle giants breach right near the boat!!!What an incredible and unique experience!!!

Stay tuned for whats next!

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Sightings Report for October 8th 2017

Sunday brought back the beautiful weather, and reports of orca in the area came in before our captains left the dock, so we knew it was going to be an awesome day!!

Four different pods of Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) were encountered throughout the Juna De Fuca Strait! One of our morning tours got to see a pod chase and eat a harbor porpoise, showing off their power and speed.

Humpback whales were encountered feeding on small bait fish throughout the Salish Sea, relaxing and enjoying the bounty of food. After a pattern of surface breathes they arch their back and use their body weight to dive, showing their famous fluke on the way down.

Stay Tuned! 

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