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Sightings Report for May 27 2018

Another sunny Sunday in the greater Victoria area! Our captains were excited to leave the dock and discover what animals were around for the day!!

We caught up with humpbacks hanging out in the waters south of Victoria. These gentle giants are here to feed in our nutrient rich waters for the summer! They were first spotted near Race Rocks Ecological Park, a chain of islands littered with the local pinnipeds. Being so close, a stop in was a must! Most seals and sea lions bask in the sun along the rocks and are often heard barking at one another.

A pod of Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) popped up in the afternoon, so we went for it! That means our passengers got the chance to encounter two different whale species!! Another great day on the water.

~Stay tuned!!

Photo Credit: Tom Mitchell

Photo Credit: Tom Mitchell

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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Sightings Report for May 23 2018

What a beautiful Wednesday, the sun was shining and the skies were clear! In the morning we sent out BC ORCA and BC TIKA, but by the afternoon the wind picked up, so BC LUNA was perfect for keeping everyone dry!! 

It was a day of humpback encounters! Several individuals were seen north of Victoria and were being rather playful. They rolled onto their backs and splashed with their pectoral fins, also showing off their large throat grooves!! We love to see happy whales!!

~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 7th 2018

Happy Monday, we hope the sunny days continue throughout the week as we head into peak season. Our captains were excited to leave the dock and to see what who was in the area for the day!

It wasn't long before Bigg's orca (mammal eaters) were sighted heading North through Haro Strait! There were several pods working together as the scanned the area for potential prey. The Salish Sea is home to plenty of seals, sea lions, and porpoise, so the orca don't have to look for long before they find something to snack on! Working as a team they are often successful in securing a meal before sharing it with one another. 

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Sightings Report for May 6th 2018

Clear skies brought a lot of sunshine to the greater Victoria area! Captain Russ and Gordon could not wait to leave the dock and discover who was in the Salish Sea for the day!

Captain Gordon picked up a pod of Biggs orca (mamal eaters) in the morning, just south of Race Rock Ecological Park!! Orca pods consist of a mother and her offspring, this pod in particular had a newly born calf!! It was quite a treat for our passengers, the small whale stayed close to moms side as they cruised through the Juan de Fuca Strait.

Stay tuned to see what we encounter next!

Sightings Report for April 27th 2018

It was another sunny in the greater Victoria area! The winds built up throughout the day, so we only sent out a morning tour. The amazing captain Russ headed out on BC Luna to discover who was in the Salish Sea for the day!

Several pods of Bigg's Orca (mammal eaters) were encountered near Saturna Island. They often scan the channels looking for prey, and yesterday was no exception! After they were successful they shared their kill as a family unit. Seals, Sea Lions and Bald Eagles were also encountered throughout the trip. The local pinnipeds will often rest at the surface of the water and quickly submerge themselves when startled!

Stay tuned for whats next!!

Sightings Report for October 14th 2017

It was overcast all day in the Victoria area, luckily the winds were low and the waters were calm making it easy to spot "blows" of cetaceans as they came to the surface to breathe.

Captain Gordon left the dock excited to see who was in the local waters for the day! Encountered were several individual humpback whales. They were relaxing and feeding, seemingly enjoying their weekend! These gentle giants are known to show off their tail fluke before descending on a deep dive giving our guests the famous shot! 

Stay tuned for what we encounter next!

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