Keeping you guys informed on our whale sightings is definitely one of the best parts of my job, and today is no exception. (Although, who am I kidding, I whale watch for a living, every part of my job is awesome!)
We had a fabulous winter wildlife tour out this week. Skipper Mark took 8 lucky passengers out in to the calm Salish Sea. He first went east towards Trial Island where he caught up with a humpback whale! It can be a bit of a gamble picking a direction right out of the harbour, but Mark wasn’t going out blind. He’d already spotted a blow from his lookout on land before the trip!
As you can imagine, we are a bit of an authority on whale sightings in the area, and this was pleasantly reinforced when we got a call from the lighthouse keeper on Trial Island! She gave us a ring at the office after spotting our iconic yellow zodiacs, eager to know what kind of whale we spotted! We have an extensive spotting network all across the Salish Sea, and forging these sorts of relationships with fellow marine employees helps everyone piece together whale movements, which ultimately lets us learn a lot more about them.
After securing their first whale sighting, Mark and his passengers went in search of more wildlife. They turned right around and went bombing out west. Race Rocks supplied it usual plethora of pinnipeds, or “fin-footed animals” aka seals and sea lions. This is a staple stop on every tour, and always a thrill.
Continuing out west, Mark spotted no less than 3 more humpbacks! A pair and a singleton for sure, although there may have been more blows in the area. These humpbacks are likely nonbreeding (mothers with calves, old whales, and juveniles), which is why they haven’t gone south to their breeding grounds, but to be honest, we’re not 100% sure what makes some whales stay up here.
If you want to get out and experience the thrill for yourself, remember to think of us early on in your trip (don’t save it ‘til the last day!) so we have the best chance of confirming a trip for you. Stay in touch with the office by phone, and keep up to date on whale news and sightings on Facebook and Twitter.
We’ve got beautiful weather forecast all this week, and this winter has been one for the record books. Don’t wait. Get out here!
By Jennifer Dickson