Killer whales are found all over the world and live in communities that are totally separate from one another. These ten distinct populations are referred to as “ecotypes”, with five types residing in each hemisphere. This week we will explore the five ecotypes that call the Northern Hemisphere home! Here in the Salish Sea we… Read more »
At Prince of Whales Whale Watching, what motivated the inception of our journey–and what continues to guide us every day–is a sense of responsibility for where we live, including the wildlife we encounter on every tour. From North Pacific seabirds to island-dwelling deer, ocean-bathing sea lions, and our majestic cetaceans, nothing incites more passion for environmental concern. Understandably, we want to do everything we can to assure these animals are able to enjoy the place they call home.
The Pacific Northwest is known for the ethereal beauty of its great outdoors. The abrupt summits and serene waters intersect with hues of luminous greens and deep blues––of the like to inspire one of the great artists of our time: Emily Carr. However, unlike the equally stunning landscapes of far-flung regions like Madagascar, the Congo, or Costa Rica, our wildlife get less of the global limelight.
As the tug boat with its load left the harbour, and the cruise ships headed into Victoria, the 3.30pm Ocean Magic 2 vessel turned east on route to find the Transient killer whales that had been seen on an earlier trip. We were traveling north up Haro Strait when word came in that many Orca… Read more »
Capt. Scott took the Ocean Magic from Victoria picturesque inner harbour out past the breakwater at Ogden Point and headed us west. We went past Race Rocks Ecological Reserve and along the west side of Vancouver Island. We reached Beecher Bay, here we caught up with T20 and T21. These Transient Killer Whales were deep… Read more »
The 3.30pm Ocean Magic with Capt. Scott in the wheel-house, headed us out of the harbour and turned east then north to find those ‘ Orca ‘ again. J Pod had traveled past Friday Harbour, San Juan Island, and were heading further north up San Juan Channel. We had taken a different route this trip… Read more »
It was a picture perfect afternoon as Capt. Gord of the 12.15pm Ocean Magic vessel, headed our boat full of guests out of the harbour and toward a south east direction toward Hein Bank. It was here that reports of Transient killer whales were to be found. Transient ‘Orca ‘ are true apex hunters, feeding… Read more »
Captain Gord slipped the Ocean Magic from Victoria’s inner harbour and headed us west past Race Rocks and out past Sooke to Otter Point. Here we caught up with T124C a Transient Orca. We watched this solo Killer Whale as it would surface in typical random Transient Orca fashion. The weather closed in on us,… Read more »
We set sail on a windy afternoon with Capt. Gord in the wheelhouse. Our vessel headed east from the harbour and encountered some intrepid souls negotiating the wind and the waves while para-surfing. We soon encountered some Dall’s Porpoise while traveling north up Haro Strait in search of Orca. The wind and waves soon abated… Read more »
Our weather continues misty and overcast, hardly Spring like, however, warmer and sunnier days are on their way! Even when the skies threaten rain, we head out in one of our yellow Zodiacs in search of wildlife. There is always something interesting to find. With Skipper Mark at the controls of the 1pm zodiac, and… Read more »