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.
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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 »
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 »
We had another gorgeous week this week, with killer whales and/or humpbacks stealing the scene. While it was “and” more than “or”, there was a day or two where the killer whales failed to make an appearance, but the humpbacks more than made up for their absence. We’ve been seeing a lot of “X” humpbacks… Read more »
If you’re a regular reader of mine (I know there’s a few of your out there!) you’ll remember last week I talked about how, this time of year “we settle into a lovely consistency. The search for whales is not frantic, but more of a casual stroll, with whales almost around every corner.” This held… Read more »
Helllllllo summer! Wow! What a week! Resident killer whales every day, doing the San Juan shuffle, and humpbacks and minke whales coming out of the woodwork left, right, and centre. The days of multi-species trips are upon us! This is actually early in the season for such a high success rate involving multiple species. Usually… Read more »
My apologies for doubling up on the sightings reports this week, there’s just too many good sightings to talk about! The last few days have been all killer whales, all the time! We had several days of both residents AND transients, with a humpback or two thrown in for good measure. We’ve also seen whales… Read more »
As June winds down, it’s time start thinking about reflecting on what this month has been like, and as you can imagine, these things can be tough to sum up. This June has exceptional and exceptionally average in a few different ways. What could I possibly mean by that? Well each month has a few… Read more »
This week saw the return of L-pod, hopefully for the long term, which is our largest family in the Southern Resident Killer Whale community. Up until this point we had only seen J-pod, and two brief visits from L-pod last week. And there were members of K-pod mixed in there as well! We don’t have… Read more »