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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 23, 2017!

It was another breathtaking day in Victoria, B.C.! Our guests were incredibly lucky to encounter both the L and J pods! They came into the Jaun De Fuca Strait to search the Salish Sea for their preferred prey; Chinook Salmon. By the afternoon they reached the coast of the San Juan Islands to began their search. They were also very playful as they socialized with each other by breaching, and tail slapping!

Our guests also encountered several beautiful humpback whales in the Strait. Humpbacks are amazing to view, as they are known for their distinct breaching and surface behavior!  

We can't wait for more amazing weather and magnificent animal encounters today! 

Sighting Report for June 28, 2017

 

Happy Hump Day! Its the middle of the week and in keeping with the theme it was a humpback day in the Salish Sea!

Captain Jim, Darren, and Kaegan were all on scene with several humpbacks throughout the day as they rested, and fed in the nutrient rich waters of the strait. Captain Jim caught up with a humpback south east of Race Rocks ecological reserve feeding on small schools of fish. Our passengers got a great view of the whale as it swam straight up from the deep with its mouth gaped ready to engulf its prey, it was an incredible sight and a unique encounter!

The great weather conditions will continue to finish off the week! Stay tuned to see what we encounter next!!

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Sighting Report for June 12, 2017

We knew the day was going to be epic when we got early reports in the morning of lots of orca heading east towards Victoria in the Juan De Fuca.  it was later confirmed from our morning expeditions it was all the members of the Southern Resident orca population, which of that population it was all members of L pod (roughly 35 orca).

Capt. Russ was the happiest when he got to interact with his favourite member Mega - aka L41.  It was amazing to see all of L pod moving towards their usual foraging grounds around the San Juan Islands.  Lets hope there is enough salmon around to keep their bellies full and around in the region.

The wind did pick up a little bit, which did make our afternoon expeditions slightly more adventurous.  It was amazing to see all of our guests get so excited to encounter this critically endangered population of orca.  Nothing but huge smiles and slightly new hair styles for guests who joined our open zodiac expeditions

We did cancel and transfer our guests from the sunset cruise due to the high winds and bumpy sea conditions.

Stay tuned to hear about what encounters our guests experience today!!! 

Sighting Report for May 31, 2017!!

Whales galore once again!!!  The morning started off with reports of our residential orca population being sighted along the San Juan Island and possible Bigg's Orca sighted off the Victoria waterfront.

Our morning expeditions choose to head south to 'humpy land' to search and explore for large baleen animals before making their way to the orca sighting reports.  However, whilst they were searching a report came in of Bigg's Orca to the west.  Our trips headed that way to encounter the T100s, which were apart of the same group we interacted with yesterday.  It was a great encounter for all of our guests onboard - followed by interacting with numerous pinnipeds at Race Rocks ecological reserve, which were elephant seals, harbour seals, sea lions and the cute sea otter grooming itself in the kelp bed.  Our afternoon expeditions had a much similar encounter and weather conditions so smooth it made butter jealous.  

Today is looking promising once again and we are all ready to get out on the boats again and start the adventure all over again.

The young sprouter of the T100s.  He has a bit of growing to do before he gets to full size.

The T100s cruising past Sooke, BC - BC TIKA in the background with Capt. Gordon at her hel

Sighting Report for May 4, 2017

Yesterday, which May the Fourth be with you!! Our tours encountered many marine mammal species from sea lions, seals and porpoises.  They were fortunate enough to interact with a (Megaptera novaeangliae) quite close to the waterfront of Victoria, BC.


We are expecting a slightly more adventurous day today with the wind slightly picking up throughout the day. However, tomorrow is going to be calmer with lower winds.

March & April

Its been a crazy start to our Spring season with numerous interactions with Bigg's Orca, Resident Orca and Humpbacks.

In March, we had a lot of Resident Orca encounters, primarily with J Pod - along with a few encounters with a couple of Humpbacks.  However, throughout April I do not believe we had any encounters with the resident orca pods at all!!  April encounters belonged to Bigg's orca (mammal hunters) and humpback encounters.


One amazing encounter well worth of mentioning is the unique interaction with J27 aka Blackberry, whom is a large adult bull from J pod.  

Set the scene ~ it was a calm day in the Juan De Fuca where we had reports of J pod foraging as they slowly traveled west.  We picked up J27 who was cruising parallel to us with about 120m distance between him and the vessel.  Then as he surfaced to breath he suddenly turned aggressively, which is a clear indication that he has locked onto some prey (Chinook salmon).  At this point the vessel was shut down.  Blackberry then continued to chase the salmon towards the boat over and over again for a few minutes before finally catching his lunch and continuing on his way westward bound.  Check the short video below, which was the last few moments before he caught his lunch.

We are expecting sightings and encounters to increase as we gradually head into late Spring/early Summer.  An exciting note is that Humpback interactions are almost a daily occurrence now with their numbers beginning to return from their migration ritual from tropical waters back to their feeding grounds along the Pacific NorthWest.

 

Stay tuned for more updates on sightings and weather conditions!! ~ Capt. Tom