Winter Wildlife Adventure Tour Dec 28

Our experienced and knowledgeable skipper, Mark took the yellow zodiac out of the Victoria Harbour and headed us south west in search of some of the wildlife that can be seen in these rich, cold waters. It wasn’t long before we found several Harbour Porpoise foraging in the currents of the ebb tide. Several bait balls were evident as many gulls congregated around them. Unfortunately it was a grey afternoon and there was a fair size chop on the water in the middle of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, so our skipper headed us in shore where we found calmer water. Here we were able to marvel at the scenic and rugged coast line and its variety of vegetation, bird and animal life. There were Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, Bufflehead Ducks and other sea birds. A stop over at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve gave us looks at a Bald Eagle, Cormorants on rocks and a host of big blonde Steller Sea Lions. As we headed back into the harbour we observed a Canadian coast guard vessel docking. Our visitors from Russia, Australia, Mexico, South Dakota and Victoria enjoyed their wildlife adventure with Prince of Whales.
Marie,

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Zodiac Wildlife Adventure Nov 7 12

Today, Sunday was one of those afternoons when everything magical occurred. With a rather stormy set of clouds above, our 12 noon yellow Zodiac left the harbour. The calm sea however, gave incredible visibility for spotting wildlife. Our seasoned and knowledgeable skipper ‘Mark’, headed south where he had seen some misty blows on the horizon. 5 miles south of Victoria we caught up with three Humpback whales, a mother and her calf and a new whale to this area that appeared to have a fairly fresh tear in its Fluke. We watched these incredibly, graceful whales foraging in these productive waters. Ten years ago there were no humpbacks seen in these inland waters, so it is wonderful to see them return year after year. Our skipper then took us deeper into the south west looking for Orca, Transient killer whales. We found a family of River Otters rushing up a rocky bank and Harbour Seals resting along the shores of the picturesque rugged coastline of Vancouver Island. A stop at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve gave us great looks at a Brown Pelican, a rarity for this area. Steller Sea Lions, and three Elephant Seals were also seen. Just as we were leaving our keen-eyed Skipper saw more misty blows south of Race Rocks.

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Ocean Magic Adventure Oct 30 12:15

Our Skipper Anna took our passenegrs out into the Strait of Juan De Fuca to a report, from one of our Zodiacs, of Humpback Whales. We arrived on scene to view three Humpbacks, with another three close by. With a total of six Humpback Whales to view it was hard to tell where to look. These gentle giants would raise their tails each time for a deep dive, such gracefull animals. Our trip then took a tour fo the world famous Race Rocks Ecological reserve. Here we took in the sights of Stellar Sealions, California Sea Lions, Harbour Seals and even a Bald Eagle. This was yet another wonderful marine wildlife tour by Prince of Whales!
Clint “Orcawizard”, Marie “Orca-Magic”

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Ocean Magic Adventure Oct 14 12:15

Capt. Anna headed the 12.15pm Ocean Magic west of the harbour to encounter three Humpback Whales that had been reported off shore, east of Race Rocks. It was one of those grey, October days however there were plenty of visitors to the west coast that wanted to board the Ocean Magic vessel, to seek and enjoy some of the incredible wildlife to be found in these waters. Conditions were relatively calm this afternoon so it wasn’t long before we saw the big bushy blows of these huge whales. Two adult Humpbacks were taking long dives and then surfacing for four to five breaths. They would lift their majestic flukes high in the air and then down they would dive. We could see another smaller Humpback off in the distance so we headed over to watch this young calf forage for a while, then headed to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to enjoy the many Steller and California Sea Lions lounging on various rocks. There were many sea birds on rocks and in the water this afternoon, adding interest to yet another great wildlife adventure with ‘Prince of Whales ‘.
Marie, Orca-Magic.

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Ocean Magic Adventure Oct 5 12:15

We set out on this perfect October day in search of 2 transient killer whales; T20 and T21. We caught up to them traveling eastward in the Juan de Fuca Strait not far from the southern portion of San Juan island. The mother and son pair were observed in traveling mode. We headed westward in search of humpback whales and sealions. We arrived to find 1 small humpback 2 miles west of the Race Rocks ecological reserve. The animal was shallow diving, and seemed very calm. No activity from this youngster on our trip! On our way home, we stopped in at Race Rocks and checked out the seals and sealions hauled out on the rocks. Today’s weather was picture perfect which gave passengers an awesome opportunity to capture the epic scene west coast natural world and the wildlife that resides within it. I hope this weather holds up!

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Zodiac Wildlife Adventure Sept 26 2pm

There were Transient Killer Whales reported out west of the harbour, Sunday afternoon, so Skipper Mark headed the 2pm Zodiac in that direction. Local and international guests were on board and they were in for a spectacular trip. It was a rather overcast day but the wildlife was present despite the mist and clouds of the west coast. Initially, we came across two Transients, T 49’s off Albert Head, a male and female. They eventually joined four other Transients that were milling close to three Humpback Whales. The trio of Humpbacks was a mother and calf and a sub adult. The presence of the Transients created some tension for the Humpbacks. We could see and hear the activity. Trumpeting and tail slapping by the Humpbacks indicated that they were somewhat stressed by the Orca’s curiosity. We could see dorsal fins slicing through the water close to the humpback whales. It was thrilling to watch these two species interact, knowing that this was a rare event in these waters. Eventually the Transient Orca moved off and headed west, while the Humpbacks moved in a southward direction. It was another amazing wildlife trip in these rich waters off Victoria.
Marie,

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