Sightings Report for October 12th 2018

The sun was shining and the waters were calm as the fleet headed out. Reports of orca and humpback whales came in early so we were excited to get out there!

Our fleet spent the day out West with humpback and orca whales. Biggs Orca groups were picked up along the coastline of Sooke. One of our vessels had a close encounter as the whale took down a harbor seals right next to the boat, everybody’s got to eat!

There have been juvenile humpbacks feeding near Race Rocks Ecological Reserve! Often seen with their mouth gaping open as they break the surface to trap their lunch.

Lots of seals and sea lions can be seen (and smelt) relaxing along the shoreline of Race Rocks. Often heard barking at one another as they compete for space with the other males.

~ Stay tuned!

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Capt Tom
Sightings Report for October 11th 2018

Another wonderful day on the water! The clear skies and hot sun has us thinking its summer again.

Before our vessels left the harbour there was reports of the mammal eating Biggs orca near the San Juan Islands. The group was scanning the channels for potential prey, like a delicious seal or porpoise.

Humpback sightings have been unreal lately, with lots of surface behaviors. They have been seen lunge feeding, pectoral fin slapping, and cartwheeling. Although our season is almost over, there is plenty of action taking place in the Salish Sea!

~ Stay tuned!

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Capt Tom
Sightings Report for October 10th 2018

What a beautiful day on the water, the sun was shining and the waters were calm! Although there is only eleven days left of our season, the whale encounters have not slowed down!

Throughout the day we encountered several groups of Biggs Orca. These mammal eaters were spotted west of Victoria in the Juan de Fuca Strait. Both groups were seen searching for and taking down their morning snacks. As a group the pod works together to corral and trap their prey, before sharing it as a family.

The humpback whales have been stealing the show lately! They have been seen lunging out of the water to trap small bait fish at the surface and into their mouths. Its incredible to see a large animal propel itself out of the water with ease!

~ Stay tuned!

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Capt Tom
Sightings Report for October 7th 2018

A dreary day in the capital city, with rain and grey skies we are lucky most of our vessels include a heated cabin!

In the morning BC Luna headed out with no reports yet, so the captain headed east to scan the area for whale blows. It didn’t take long before a group was picked up in the San Juan Islands, so we went for it and became the only vessel on scene with orcas yesterday morning!

On the way back Captain Gordon spotted another Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) group a lot closer to Victoria, good eye Gordon!!! In the afternoon BC Orca set out to reacquired the pod and encounter them as they scan the area for potential prey. They ended up right off the waterfront of Oak Bay!

~ Stay tuned!

Capt Tom
Sightings Report for October 6th 2018

It was a very sunny and calm day in the Victoria area, a complete 180 from the previous day. We are coming to the end of the season but the whale encounters have yet to slow down!

In the morning our fleet encountered several humpback whales west of Victoria, one was particularly friendly and ‘mugged’ one of our vessels. This means that the individual approached and scratched its back on the haul while checking out the passengers, a rare and lucky encounter. Of course the engines were shut off and the captain waited for the whale to lose interest. The whales are not aware of the strict 100 m approach limit and sometimes its tough to keep them away from the boat!

In the afternoon a group of Biggs orcas (mammal eaters) were picked up in the Georgia Strait. They were travelling North as they scanned the area for their latest prey item. They went right by the Schwartz bay Ferry terminal and into the Saanich Inlet, cool!

~ Stay tuned!

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Capt Tom
Sightings Report for October 5th 2018

The Thanksgiving weekend has arrived! Although it is late in the season and the rainy days are becoming more frequent, there are still plenty of whales in the area!

Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) were encountered West of Victoria in Whirl Bay. While on scene there were several seals in the water coming in close to use the boat as a safety zone.

A juvenile humpback was encountered feeding ad relaxing near Race Rocks. This ecological park is a chain of small islands and a popular haul out site for many local pinnipeds. Seals and Sea Lions can be seen, heard, and smelt throughout the park

~ Stay tuned!

Capt Tom
Sightings Report for October 4th 2018

Time flies when everyday on the Salish Sea is a blast! We cannot believe that it is October already and our 2018 season is coming to an end. Yesterdays skies were clear and sunny with low winds, making the conditions ideal for whale watching.

Biggs orca (mammal eaters) were picked up by Race Rocks Ecological Reserve before our fleet left the dock for the day. They were identified as the T123’s and were seen with a brand new calf, that is very exciting to see!

Humpback whales are still around gorging themselves on zooplankton and small bait fish to built up enough blubber for their migration to southern waters, it wont be long now before they are gone!

~ Stay tuned!

Capt Tom
Sightings Report for September 29th 2018

September is coming to a close, with one day left of the month. There was a strong northern wind so our fleet went west and encountered many humpback whales!

They are still here feeding in the Juan de Fuca Strait shifting with the tides. The large aggregation of baleen whales are gorging themselves before they take off for warmer southern waters for the winter.

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve is full of seals and sea lions relaxing on the rocks edge. Below is a rich kelp forest that the local sea otter wraps himself for a nap!

~ Stay tuned!

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Capt Tom