Autumn rains didn’t dampen!

October 7, 2019

It was a typical fall day here in Victoria, but the intermittent drizzle did not dampen our searching efforts. We headed out into the Salish see with gusto on our Zodiac boat. It did not take us long to find our first whale species, a Humpback whale, diving and surfacing …

Orcas, Humpbacks & Sunshine

October 6, 2019

It was a stunning afternoon out on the ocean as our Zodiac boat “Riptide” cut through the water. The Olympic Mountains to the South were impressive in stature and to the East we could see the beautiful Mount Baker. Mount Baker. Photo taken by Captain Yves.   We travelled to …

Zodiac & Humpback

October 4, 2019

Today out speedy zodiac took to the water in search of marine wildlife. Captain Mark and his passengers sped out of the inner harbour, exited and wrapped up warm against the cool breeze. Before long we had success! We had spotted a blow on the horizon, picking up speed, we …

Never too many Humpbacks

October 3, 2019

We set sail out of Victoria harbor moving in a southerly direction. It did not take long at all to come across our first animal of the day, a Humpback whale! A Humpback Whale. Photo taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens & heavily cropped.   It appeared to …

Whales in Autumn

October 2, 2019

There was an autumn chill in the air, a fresh day for exploring. Marauder IV set sail in the morning and passengers and crew were excited for the next three hours on the Salish Sea. With fresh coffee in hand we headed out of the inner harbour and into the …

California Sea Lions

October Arrives

October 1, 2019

October is here and there was a cool crisp breeze in the morning air. The conditions out on the water were breathtaking: glass flat water with the sun shining down, creating an aquamarine hue. The Olympic Mountains were clear as day, the snow capped peaks a signal that winter is …

Steller Sea Lions

Proud as Punch

September 30, 2019

We couldn’t have asked for more from the conditions today. Our Zodiac and covered yacht set sail in search of wildlife in both the morning and afternoon. On this occasion we did not have to go far and east of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve we came across two Humpback whales. …

Zodiac Riptide at the dock

A day for the Zodiacs

September 29, 2019

It was a day for the Zodiacs, as the speedy vessels set off into the Strait of Juan de Fuca in both the morning and the afternoon. Morning Tour In the morning, we journeyed into the Juan de Fuca Strait. The travel direction was South and all eyes were peeled …

Humpback Whale

A whale of a day!

September 28, 2019

Morning Tour It was a sunny morning on the Salish Sea and we were heading west from Victoria harbour to find a lazy humpback west of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. The Humpback Whale would only come up for ~3 breaths and then dive again, barely showing its tail fin – …


Sea Lion Party

September 26, 2019

Morning Tour Into the Salish Sea we went, with waves rolling by and a glint of sun in the sky. We traveled South and just to the East of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. With our eyes glued to the water we made a searching arc towards the West where we …

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