It was an amazing multiple whale day for Prince of Whales, with sightings of both Resident Orcas and Humpbacks on the same trip. Despite the weather in Victoria it is beautiful out on the water. As one skipper put it, “it was stormy around us but blue skies above us the whole time.” Get out there and see for yourself with Prince of Whales, it’s a blast.
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A spectacular start to September for Prince of Whales, coming out of August with 100% of our departures seeing whales! The water was glassy calm and sightings were amazing with not one but two pods of Transient Killer Whales. Our ocean Magic crew also got a look at a little otter out on the water. Come and see for yourself with Prince of Whales.
It may be raining out there but luckily for us the whales don’t care, they’re already wet! Another great day out there with our trips seeing both Residents and Transients and not one, not two, but three Humpbacks! That in addition to a ton of other marine life including both Dall’s and Harbour Porpoise and tons of Seals and Sea Lions. The weather may be wet but it is worth the journey as our last trip ended the day with a spectacular tandem display by a pair of Humpbacks. But don’t take our word for it, get out there and see for yourself, it’s a blast!
I’m sure you are getting used to hearing about these incredible 3 whale trips… Well, today we decided to amp it up and found 4 different types of whales! That’s right 4! Absolutely phenomenal. Not only were we able to see a variety of different whales, but the transient whales T137’s and T36’s put on quite a display. Every single trip came back raving about their tour. Head Skipper Mallard got so caught up in his tour as he “kept on finding whales” that he extended the trip to spend extra with the whales. While visiting Race Rocks marine ecological reserve we were able to see what photographer Marie describes as hundreds of Sea Lions. To top off this day we got to see a Sea Otter, these furry animals are always a pleasant yet rare surprise. We can’t wait to see what the weekend has in store, come and join us for a trip of a lifetime.
Vancouver Ocean Magic cruised through the Strait of Georgia stopping briefly to view a stellar sea lion munching on a salmon before heading to the whale action. They were then surprised by 2 humpbacks before making there way to view resident killer whales foraging for salmon. The fun didn’t end there though! Today we were greeted by a SUPER POD! This means that the whole of the southern resident population were together, a total of 81 killer whales! This is something that we have seen only a couple of time this summer. And to think things couldn’t get better…. we also saw minke whales, and humpbacks!! One of the humpbacks took many of our skippers by interest as it had markings very similar to that of a grey whale. There was even some speculation on the radio of it being a humpback grey whale hybrid albeit only for a few minutes. Come out tomorrow to see if we can have another day as spectacular as today!!
It seems as though these sightings reports are getting quite repetitive, however, we can’t complain as this means that sightings are continuing to be fantastic. This morning, our Victoria boats pulled out of the harbour expecting to head out to San Juan Island, a hot spot for many of the Southern Resident Killer Whales when a passenger eagerly shouted “WHALES”. Much to our surprise, we spotted a group of transients the T101’s right off of Oak Bay Beach Hotel!! Things started to heat up after that, our Vancouver Ocean Magic chanced upon a humpback, and our later trips saw both Transient and Resident Killer Whales – some trips even saw multiple breaches! It was quite windy out today, making for some wet Zodiac passengers on the return, but Skipper Marek was quick to remark that his passengers were “super keen to get wet and adventurous on some gnarly waves”. All in all today provided a variety of sightings and conditions making for never a dull moment.
What an awesome day out on the water here for Prince of Whales. As one guest exclaimed upon return, “there where whales all over!”. Starting off the day with some Humpbacks, then Resident Orcas, and even some Porpoise thrown in the mix we really saw it all. But don’t just read about it, come out and experience it for yourself with Prince of Whales.
We had some great encounters with both resident and transient killer whales today. Our Ocean Magic from Vancouver picked up a group of Transients in Active Pass this morning, which they identified as the T37s and T65As. Out of Victoria this morning, our morning Zodiac and Ocean Magic caught up with a large group of resident killer whales off San Juan Island. By the end of the day, both the transients and residents were travelling through Boundary Pass- a long run for us from Victoria but in today’s calm conditions the ride is well worth it and very enjoyable!
Today was trickier than most in that we had to travel farther and through windy conditions to get to the whales, but once we did we had excellent viewings of transient orcas, humpbacks, and a lone gray whale. One group of transient orcas were found near Whidbey Island (USA), while the other group was in the middle of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Race Rocks provided a great end to the trips as we were able to view the loud and enormous Steller and California Sea Lions.
One of the perks of our early 8:30am Zodiac departure is that we are usually the first boat on scene with the whales, and today Skipper Mark found them just off the Victoria waterfront! Our morning trips enjoyed the resident killer whales as they swam East away from Victoria toward San Juan Island, while others chose to check out a nearby a group of transient killer whales that were heading the opposite direction towards Sooke. We also caught up with two large humpbacks at Constance Bank, and a gray whale off Race Rocks! We don’t typically see Gray Whales on our trips, so this sighting was a pleasant surprise on an already fantastic trip. For those who went West, we also stopped to look at California and Steller Sea Lions at Race Rocks.