Sightings Report August 18

August 18, 2014

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, the zodiacs were first out with Mark on a 9am trip, followed by Rush, Matt W., Bo, Torin, and Rhonda. These guys all had stellar trips, splitting time between humpbacks out west, and transients traversing east across the Juan de Fuca strait.

Ocean Magic II was off the dock at 12:15 with Jeff at the helm, myself as First Mate, and crew Lindsay and Tom, and were later joined by the Ocean Magic crew on their Whales &Gardens tour. We quickly picked up the transients (IDed as T65A’s and the T37’s) with plenty of time to work in a quick humpback stop and check out Race Rocks. Which as Torin put it was “great as always, super clear water and we had a sea lion doing circle around our boat!”

In the afternoon the residents that had been off San Juan Island began making their way steadily south, and by our 3:30 trip we had the rare opportunity to view resident and transient killer whales within a mile or two of each other!

In a strange turn of events, the transients were playful and active, while the residents remained quite sedate, focusing on traveling.

Multi-species days are always a treat and the whales were EVERYWHERE today!

When it rains, it pours. Whales that is. Come out and see what we find tomorrow!

By Jennifer Dickson