As the legend goes, John Wayne used to venture to this beautiful island with his Seattle-based hunting pals to stalk ‘wild’ big game on their newly claimed geographic spoil. Many say that giraffe, tigers, and kangaroos were brought to the island by these adventurists as they sought to create an exotic land that was near to home.
EDUCATION. CONSERVATION. EXPLORATION. INNOVATION.
As the first month of the 2018 Prince of Whales Whale Watching season entered into full force, excitement was abuzz around the office. Sperm Whales haven’t been spotted in B.C.’s coastal waters since 1984, but rumours had surfaced that one was cruising in the Johnstone Strait.
VICTORIA – The Salish Sea Dream, Prince of Whales’ new $3.5 million environmentally-friendly custom-built catamaran has had such a successful inaugural season running unique whale watching day trips between Vancouver and Victoria and Victoria and Butchart Gardens, that the company has just placed an order for another state-of-the-art ship that will be even more environmentally… Read more »
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… Read more »
When you think about the first of October, you probably think about beautiful fall colours, pumpkins, crisp weather, and Thanksgiving and Halloween just around the corner. You probably don’t think about whale watching. But that’s a mistake! It’s a common misconception that whale watchers stop operating over the winter because the whales leave the area.… Read more »
When a whale plays with kelp, it’s called kelping. When a whale swims like a shark, it’s called sharking. When a whale jumps like a porpoise it’s called porposing. And what do you think it’s called when a whale bobs at the surface like a log? You guessed it! Logging. Whale people it seems, are… Read more »
June is off to a killer start (pun intended)! As the unofficial start to our peak season, everyone has high expectations for the beginning of June, and 2016 did not disappoint. The steady increase of transient orca over the past years has not abated; sightings that used to feel like a rare treat, or an… Read more »
Ah 2016; off to an exciting, windy, and cold start as always, but we’ve got a spring in our step with spring in our sites. Winter whale and wildlife watching (in addition to allowing admirable alliteration) is not for the faint of heart. Charging out into the great unknown with a 30-50% chance of finding… Read more »
It seems cliché to start a post with “WOW,” but sometimes even those of us with a preclusion to prose are left speechless by the circumstances. How do you summarize a year in 600 words? Most of the time you can’t, and you just shouldn’t even try, but 2015 was so spectacular, so uplifting and… Read more »
What a week of wild weather! Wind to start, rain the finish, and whales in between. This week started out with some crazy wind that caused the cancellation of a few afternoon trips, as well as several Harbour Air flights. We soaked a few boatloads of passengers, but no one was worse for wear, just… Read more »