To whale watching professionals, she is known as Big Mama; to passengers, she is a blow and a pair of flukes; and to the ecosystem, she’s a game-changer. Prince of Whales Whale Watching is thrilled to confirm, once again, the arrival of a famous humpback whale, to the interior waters of Southern British Columbia and Northern Washington State.
“The Salish Sea is an amazing body of water,” said Prince of Whales Head Naturalist Jennifer Dickson. “In addition to its spectacular ecological diversity and marine mammal density, we have an incredibly dedicated group of skilled and passionate whale watchers and researchers who come out here, year after year, and document who they see. At this point, Big Mama has become a legend.”
The Salish Sea is the body of water containing Puget Sound, Juan de Fuca Strait, Haro Strait, Rosario Strait, and Georgia Strait. It’s unique topography and climate, combined with nutrient rich waters, sustain habitat for numerous marine mammal species, including the most often seen resident orcas, Bigg’s orcas, Grey whales, Minke whales, California sea lions, Steller sea lions, harbour seals, elephant seals, harbour porpoise, Dall’s porpoise. Likewise, the humpback whale flock here to rest and feed.