Posts tagged whale watching
Sightings Report for June 23rd 2018

What a beautiful Saturday in the capital region!! Perfect whale watching conditions as our captains left the dock.

It wasn't long before reports came in of Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) heading into range! Our fleet headed northeast of Victoria near Vancouver in the morning. By the afternoon that pod was out of range but by then other pods moved into the area!

~Stay tuned!!

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Sightings Report for June 5th 2018

The day started out cloudy and cold, but the sun came out by late afternoon!! We headed out on BC ORCA and LUNA to discover who was in the area, and it didn't take long before whales were picked up!

A Humpback whale was encountered west of Victoria feeding/resting, and although the whale was taking long dives, our guests had great interactions!! In the afternoon Biggs Orca came into range so we caught up with them as they traveled west, scanning the Salish Sea for potential prey.

~Stay Tuned!! 

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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 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!

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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

Sightings Report for August 31st 2017

What a great day on the water! The sun was shining and the winds remained consistent blowing around 10 knots. Our fleet caught up with three different species of cetaceans in the local area, including; orcas, humpbacks, and a gray whale!

Biggs orca (mammal eaters) were encountered in the Juna De Fuca Strait as they scanned the coast for potential prey. There were several pods working together to catch their target, which means they will share their meal, then move onto the next snack!

Humpback whales were encountered near Race Rocks Ecological Reserve where they feed on small bait fish and plankton. They are often seen at the surface for three or four breathes before they go on a deep dive showing their fluke before they descend.

A gray whale was spotted in the Strait yesterday! They are not usually encountered here, as they often migrate up the West Coast of Vancouver Island in the open ocean. A great encounter with a infrequent visitor, what a treat for our guests!

Stay tuned!!

 

Sightings Report for August 27th 2017

Happy Sunday! The season is going by quickly, but shows no signs of slowing down. We have had amazing interactions with orca and humpback whales all month, we are so proud to share the coast with such beautiful animals! 

Our fleet caught up with the T60's again as they continue to hang out in the Salish Sea! Biggs Orca are mammal eaters and need to eat frequently in order to sustain themselves, so they are often encountered hunting. They are always a hit with the guests!

Stay tuned!

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Sightings Report for August 26th 2017

A beautiful start to the weekend, the winds have calmed down throughout the week and the sun is still shining! 

Our morning tours got to encounter several humpbacks foraging in the Juan De Fuca Strait! A stop at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve is always a hit with the guests, with a high concentration of marine mammals including: seals, sea lions, and even a sea otter! 

By the afternoon there were reports of Biggs orca (mammal eaters) coming into the Strait from the open Pacific! They were identified as the T60's consisting of five individuals, a mother and her four growing calves with the oldest estimated to be 16 years old! 

Stay tuned for what we encounter next!

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