Salmon are an iconic species group in the Pacific northwest. They act as both predator and prey, and their presence is vital to many species, most notably, the endangered southern resident orca. Pacific salmon make up 90% of the diet of a southern resident orca (80% of which is Chinook), and the protection of the… Read more »
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Whales are weird, and cool! Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) are found all around the Earth’s oceans, in all shapes and sizes. Here’s a few examples of some particularly unique cetaceans, and what makes them special. Grey Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) The grey whale is a strange member of the baleen whale family. Baleen whales… Read more »
Aside from their cultural and economic value, Pacific salmon have a strong ecological value that spreads across lakes, rivers, and deep into the Pacific Ocean. Salmon are a key part of west coast food webs and are especially significant to our endangered southern resident killer whales. There are five species of Pacific salmon: chum, sockeye,… Read more »
From Feet to Flippers Whales and dolphins are beloved animals in many places around the world. From their intelligence and sociability to their sheer enormity, many people are fascinated by the mysterious underwater lives of these majestic creatures. Despite growing curiosity, many people are surprised to discover that whales evolved from land mammals. Cetaceans –… Read more »
As one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, Victoria has a historical feel with a modern twist. Adorned with colonial architecture, it’s not surprising that the city of Victoria, often labelled the ‘’Garden City’’ for its lush blooms, attracts millions of tourists from all over the world. From Humpbacks to Hornets, Victoria is… Read more »
We’ve got an exciting summer ahead of us! This year, Prince of Whales Whale Watching enters its 25th year of eco-adventure tourism and Whale Watching on the coastal waters of BC.
So, the season is winding down, and people are preparing for their winter migration or hibernation; this is normally the time of year when I would write a summary of the summer’s activities and sightings, as well as a prediction for what next year will look like. But this year I am forced to write… 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 »
Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) Applauds Decision Today to Remove Antiquated Dams Along Klamath River, Restoring Major Salmon Source for Southern Resident Orcas The Obama administration and California officials announced a landmark agreement today to remove four hydroelectric dams along the Klamath River, bypassing an inactive Congress and beginning the largest river restoration in U.S.… Read more »