Posts tagged whales
Sightings & Rescue Report - May 9th 2019

Yesterday was quite the adventure out on the water viewing a Minke whale as well as Grey whales. After leaving the scene of a Grey whale our incredible skipper, Gordon, on BC ORCA was one of the first on scene to come to the rescue of another local whale watching company that had began to take on water. Captain Gordon was able to safely shuttle 12 of their passengers back into Victoria.

Everyone was safe with no major injuries! This is a great example of camaraderie on the water!

Great job, Captain Gordon!

Sightings Report - April 13 2019

Whale hello! We have had the absolute pleasure of viewing both transient and resident killer whales for the past few weeks now. While the season is just underway, we have been viewing some great action out on the water! Recently our guests encountered transient killer whales feasting on harbour seals!

We are looking forward to making your whale watching dreams come true for the 2019 season! Stay tuned for a lot more incredible sightings and make sure to come out with us to see the beauty for yourself.

-BC Whale Tours Crew

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 June 27th 2018

The day began sunny with calm winds, however they did build throughout the day so we had to move our sunset tour passengers to an afternoon trip! Our Captains were eager to leave the dock as there was reports that the Southern Resident Orca's (salmon eaters) were headed into the Salish Sea!!!

We are very excited that they are back, and hope that they can find the food they need to stay!! We have a lot of respect for these whales and hold them close to our hearts. Our boats are designed to have a low noise rating and our captains always abide by the whale wise regulations to ensure a positive encounter for everyone!!

~ Stay tuned!!!

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Sightings Report for June 26th 2018

It was another sunny day, the wind built into the evening but nothing our vessels cant handle!

Early reports of Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) came in before our captains left the dock! The whales were spotted near the mouth of Puget Sound in Washington State. They moved quickly as they foraged their way through the area. 

In the afternoon they were just about out of range but our captains caught up to them! We also got to encounter humpbacks throughout the Juna de Fuca Strait.

~ Stay tuned!!

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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 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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