A seal pup and adult relax on the edge of some rocks. All photo credit to Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

The Cutest Tour

August 1, 2020

This time of year is always especially cute as it is Harbour seal pupping season. Having a good eye for all things camouflaged is always a bonus when looking for Harbour seals as they blend right in with their surroundings -now imagine trying to find a pup! It seemed today …

A Humpback Whale appears out of the wavy swell of the Salish Sea. Photo Credit to Captain Yves with a zoom lens

A Humpback Adventure

July 31, 2020

The last day of July bought some winds ourĀ  way but we were hopeful to find some interesting wildlife! A sail out to what we like to call “Humpback Valley” was the order or the day and so off we went. Our adventure paid off as through the swells of …

Humpback Whale tail as it goes down for a deep dive. Picture taken with a zoom lens by Captain Yves.

A Close Encounter

July 24, 2020

Travelling out into the Salish Sea we weren’t sure what we might find but after a wonderful sail in the sunshine we found a Humpback whale. It seemed this whale was super hungry as it kept going down for long deep dives. After a couple of looks we left the …

A juvenile Humpback whale tail lobbing. Pictures taken with a zoom lens by Captain Yves

Welcome Back Tour!

July 18, 2020

That’s right after months of waiting to get out onto that big blue ocean we are finally back! With the new safety protocols in place and our fashionable whale coverings on we were ready to set sail and find some amazing wildlife… Crew member Heather excited and ready to go …

Humpback Whale tail identified as Two Spot or MMZ0013. Photo taken by Captain Ian with a zoom lens.

Revisited – A Perfect Day.

May 14, 2020

Once in a while the weather and the wildlife come together in such a way to produce a perfect day. Watch the video below to see one of these times. https://www.victoriawhalewatching.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/www.VDyoutube.com-Playful-Southern-Resident-Orcas-18-July-2015.mp4   The video was shot from one of our Zodiac’s through a zoom lens and shows J and K …

Red-breasted Merganser

May 2, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES Males (right) are decked out with a dark green shaggy head, a red bill and eye, and a rusty chest. Females (left) lack the male’s bright colors but also don the same messy do. Mergansers need to …

Red-breasted Nuthatch. Pictures by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Red-breasted Nuthatch

April 28, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES They get their names from jamming nuts into tree bark and then hitting them with their bill to “hatch” out the seeds within! The Red-breasted Nuthatch collects resin globules from coniferous trees and plasters them around the …

Peregrine Falcon. Picture taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens

Peregrine Falcon

April 24, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES The Peregrine Falcon is a bird of prey that can be found around the world on every continent except Antarctic. During hunting dives the Falcon can reach speeds of 320km/h (200mph). People have trained falcons for hunting …

Dark-eyed Junco. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Dark-eyed Junco

April 20, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES Dark-eyed Junco is one of the most common birds in North America and can be found across the continent,from Alaska to Mexico. Recent estimates place the Junco’s total population at approx. 630 million individuals! When males are …

Bewick's Wren. Pictures taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens

Bewick’s Wren

April 19, 2020

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES It was named after British engraver Thomas Bewick A young male Bewick’s Wren learns to sign from neighboring adult males while he is coming of age. The song he developes between the ages of 30 and 60 …

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