Sightings Report September 23

Whale Sightings

I can die now. I didn’t realize my life would change after seeing a pod of 100 pacific white-sided dolphins but you can’t just walk away unaltered after witnessing what I saw today. Oh shoot, I spoiled the surprise! Well there you have it, we saw around 100 Pacific white-sided dolphins today! I often have passengers tell me that their… Read more »

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Sightings Report September 22

Whale Sightings

I’ll have to look through the books to confirm this statement, but my gut tells me today may have been the widest variety of cetaceans we’ve seen this year. Maybe ever! I know, I know, that’s quite the declaration but hear me out. This morning Mark was out at 9:30 and he followed reports of resident killer whales way out west. As the day wore… Read more »

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Sightings Report September 18

Whale Sightings

Resident killer whales, as I have often said, are our bread and butter. We love our transients, and we love our humpbacks and grey whales, and porpoise (and man we have a lot of cetaceans!) but it’s the rezzies that people come from all over the world to see. And today was all about the residents. A few members of J-pod had been sticking around the… Read more »

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Sightings Report September 17

Whale Sightings

Residents in the morning and humpbacks in the afternoon. Sounds like September to me! The rain didn’t stop us today, and despite the grey skies conditions were beautiful on the water. Flat as could be, and completely still, not a breath of wind. It was surreal. Mark was first out on the zodiacs and went bombing out west to catch up with the resident killer whales as they… Read more »

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Sightings Report September 16

Whale Sightings

As I’ve alluded to in the past, the other marine staff (zodiac skippers and Ocean Magic crew) leave me notes from their trips throughout the day so I can summarize all of our sightings and put them in these reports for you. Obviously things are different every day and some people inevitably have better days than others, but I think today was… Read more »

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Sightings Report September 15

Whale Sightings

Well I’m back after a little vacation (shout out to Rifflandia!) and could not have asked for a better welcome back party. Incredible conditions, and different whales on almost every trip! The Vancouver boat, Ocean Magic, had a spectacular crossing on the Georgia Strait, which is not known for its calm waters. Wilma said it… Read more »

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Sightings Report September 10

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Wow. Whales! All the whales! We almost reached the point today where there were more whales than we know what to do with! Things got started with transient killer whales waaay out west. Like, about as far as we can go in three hours…and then a little bit more. Mark took his passengers to Point No Point and beyond (yes, that’s really… Read more »

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Sightings Report September 9

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Today we had whales to the south, and whales to the north. This divided up the whale watching industry, with the Vancouver boats and Americans stay north, and the Victoria fleet going south. Both north and south though, the whales were the same: humpbacks! Between late August and early October is the best time to see humpbacks, and today they did not disappoint. There were two animals reported… Read more »

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Sightings Report September 8

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Residents and transients and humpbacks, oh my! We started out the morning with our residents taking off to the west. Mark caught up with L-pod as they were leaving on his first trip, but luckily we picked up some transients later in the day, so it was killer whales all around! Ocean Magic had a lovely crossing from Vancouver spying three bald eagles and lots of harbour seals near… Read more »

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Where are the whales?

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A question I get probably every tour (along with “how deep is the water here?” because for some reason everyone is fascinated by depth…) is “So, do you ever come out and not see whales?” Yes. Of course! These are wild animals we’re talking about, and an absolute reality of working with wild animals is… Read more »

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