Bigg's Killer Whale

Sunshine Saturdays

June 1, 2019

Sunny Saturdays always make you smile but those with wildlife make them even better. We cruised out in the afternoon glow and headed East out of the harbour toward Lopez Island. Proud Steller Sea Lions were enjoying the fortuitous weather hauled out on Whale Rock, South of San Juan Island. …

Bigg's Breach

A Killer Whale Playground

May 31, 2019

Today was a great start to the weekend. The weather was perfect for whale watching: sunny, warm and not a cloud in the sky. A playful group of Bigg’s (Transient) Killer Whales, Photo by Naturalist Laas, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped. After all the passengers boarded the …

Humpback Whale tail

Behemoths in the Neighbourhood

May 30, 2019

The past few days have provided Humpback Whale sightings and today was no different. Morning Tours Cool fog greeted us as we left Victoria Harbour, a relief from the warm sunshine in the city. Our initial plan was largely based on the visibility, so we decided to stay in the …

Humpback Whale tail

A Pair of Humpbacks, and more!

May 29, 2019

It was another beautiful day on the water. Both morning and afternoon tours saw Humpback Whales ‘Heather’ and ‘Raptor’. Humpback Whale. Photo by Naturalist Laas, taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped. Humpback Whales are frequenting our waters on their way North to the feeding grounds off Alaska. They generally …

Megaptera novaeangliae

Humpbacks and more!

May 28, 2019

It was an amazing sunny day full of diverse wildlife! We had two full zodiacs and our covered vessel, Marauder IV, all heading out in search of whales. On the way out past Discovery Island our zodiac, StrongTide, found an interesting flock of birds including Glaucous-Winged Gulls, Rhinoceros Auklets and …

Humpback Whale waterfall

Humpback Whale and Race Rocks

May 26, 2019

Today we went towards Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. The water was calm and the sky was sunny. Passengers were treated to a Humpback Whale on the way! Humpback Whale lifting its tail flukes out of the water. Photo by Captain Yves, taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped. Humpback Whales …

Transient Killer Whale Porpoising

Bigg’s Make a Kill!

May 25, 2019

The day started in the Pacific Northwest tradition; cool, rainy and grey. The fog hung over the still busy Victoria Harbour. That did not stop the keen passengers onboard the Marauder IV and our high speed zodiac, FasTide. They set out in the afternoon in search of some mammals. There …

Killer Whales Across the Strait

May 24, 2019

A beautiful day on the water began with a journey across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to find a pair of male Bigg’s (Transient) Killer Whales, T97 and T93. The T46’s were also nearby. Bigg’s Transient Killer Whale, Photo by Marine Biologist Gord. Taken with zoom lens, and heavily …

Sea Lions on rocks

Seals, Sea Lions, and Bald Eagles

May 23, 2019

What a gorgeous Pacific Northwest morning we had! With the sun shining and the water calm, the Marauder IV set out in search of some magnificent marine mammals. A dense fog bank to the West and South led to our beautiful motor yacht to head East. Just over the fog …

“Split Fin” the Humpback and more!

May 21, 2019

A beautiful breezy day on the water! Humpback named “Split Fin” Photo by Captain Marty, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped. Our morning tours had a great day on the water with hundreds of Harbour Porpoises. Harbour Porpoises are shy and often disappear as quickly as they appear. …

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