Sightings Report September 4

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I love my job. But days like today make me surprised that I get paid. Incredible. More eerily flat calm conditions permeated the straits today, which makes spotting much easier. Plus summer is making a comeback, with sunshine forecast for the next week solid! It was Gavin, Sandy, and Wilma who brought Ocean Magic over on the Ultimate Day Tour this morning. As they transited Georgia Strait passengers were lucky enough to site some elusive harbour porpoise,… Read more »

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Sightings Report September 3

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Wow, what a day on the water. And not just compared of the torrential rain yesterday! Today was truly spectacular in its own right. All the notes the drivers left for me included a variation on Torin’s phrase “Beauty day!” I try to stay away from using words like “cooperative” and “putting on a show”… Read more »

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Sightings Report September 2

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We ran the whole gamut of possible weather today; just a little bit of everything the west coast has to offer! While the rain doesn’t stop us, lightning sure will, so unfortunately the conditions did not allow us to go out past 3:30, but we got in a solid, and spectacular day of whale watching before that happened. On the Vancouver side of things, Captian Anthony, First Mate Sandy, and Naturalist Wilma,… Read more »

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Sightings Report August 26

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Setting out in the morning with no reports of whales, and no resident orca in the area, can be a scary thing. People’s faces often drop when I tell them we we’re going to look for whales, but the reality is, we’re ALWAYS looking for whales! And we find them. A lot. Today we decided to go west in the morning, and quickly caught up with… Read more »

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Sightings Report August 23

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Today was a perfect example of why we go out in the fog. I know you think we’re crazy people, bombing around in limited visibility, but we had two zodiac drivers come in today and write essentially the same thing on the trip summary sheets they fill out at the end of the day. Casey wrote “Have faith!!! Socked in fog trip turned… Read more »

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Sightings Report August 21

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Today the weather felt like April, but the whales felt like July! Things started out with a definite nip in the air this morning, but passengers’ hearts were warmed immediately after spotting a close knit family of K-pod travelling together off shore of San Juan Island. Ocean Magic II was the first boat on scene this morning as we worked with another company to fan out and search the west side… Read more »

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Sightings Report August 18

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What a day! No fog, calm water for most of the area, and more whales than we know what to do with! On the Vancouver side things got started at 9am with Anthony, Brittany, Brenley, and Wilma on board Ocean Magic. They found resident killer whales right away off of Point Roberts! Wilma said the viewing was great as they watched members of J-pod spyhop, tail slap, porpoise, and wake ride. On the Victoria side,… Read more »

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Sightings Report August 16

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Humpbacks, killer whales, and Pacific white-sided dolphins; oh my! OK, that doesn’t have a great ring to it, but it’s what we saw today and that makes it awesome! The morning started out with lots of fog, in lots of places, but we managed to find some awesome stuff. Ocean Magic punched through the fog outside Vancouver at 9am to find a large group of transient killer… Read more »

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Sightings Report August 15

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Today was a lovely, consistent day, with no specific surprises or challenges. The fog we’ve been struggling with the last few days has cleared and conditions were perfect for finding whales. Which we did, on every trip! Ocean Magic left Vancouver with Anthony, Brittany, and Sharon aboard, and they quickly followed up on reports of resident killer whales in Haro Strait! After spotting lots of harbour seals in English Bay it was on… Read more »

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Sightings Report August 13

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Humpbacks in the morning, killer whales in the afternoon. Whales all day baby, that’s how we roll! We dealt with tricky foggy conditions all day, but every trip managed to find the patches in the fog, and whales in those patches! Things got started in Vancouver with Ocean Magic speeding off the dock at 9am to try and catch up with reports of killer whales off Saturna Island. There Captain Gavin, and crew Brittany, Sharon, and Laurenne found the J16’s,… Read more »

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