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Sightings Report for May 13th 2018

Happy Mothers day!!!! A beautiful Sunday in the greater Victoria area, and calm seas made for amazing whale watching conditions!

Captain Gordon, Russ, and Kaegan headed out to see what they could find in the Salish Sea for the day. It wasn't long before Humpback and Gray whales were encountered feeding in the Juan de Fuca Strait!! In the afternoon there were reports of Biggs orca (mammal eaters) northeast of Victoria, it was a long trip but Captain Russ decided to go for it! 

Stay tuned for whats next!

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 8th 2018

Weather conditions have been touch and go this week. We managed to get out on the water Saturday with BC Luna. She is our floating limousine and perfect for rocky conditions!

On Sunday the winds were very calm, with periods of sun coming through the heavy cloud cover. With much better conditions we were able to get three tours out!

Captain Russ and Gordon caught up with the transient orcas (mammal eating) hanging out near Sydney. Their presence has intensified in the Salish Sea as seal populations increase! That means good eating for the whole pod and happy whales!

Stay tuned for whats next!

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!

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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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!! 

Sighting Report for September 18, 2017

Today was shaping up to be another adventure just waiting to be experienced.  With the sun out from behind the clouds and whale sightings beginning to flood in from various individuals around the local area - we were keen to get out there!

Captain. Gordon and Russ were off heading towards an earlier report that suggested orca were near the American San Juan Islands and that they were.  Our guests got an amazing morning encounter with a pod of Bigg's orca (mammal hunters).  The individuals were the T101's to be exact.

Time to get the boats ready for another day of adventure and fun on the water

Who is joining us today??  We do have a 15% promo code now for all of our tours departing in September - just make a booking on line and use the promo code: whalesale to automatically receive our exclusive offer!!

The 109s encountered on September 16, 2017 ~ PC. Capt. Tom