Springtides in house articles. Written by our crew. Musings, opinions and thoughts on all things wild.

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How do Whales Sleep?

February 23, 2021

How Do Whales Sleep? Whales are air breathing mammals just like us. They must surface to breathe. So how do they sleep and not drown or pass out through a lack of oxygen? Conscious Breathing Whales are known as ‘conscious breathers’, this means they have the ability to remain alert …

Laas with Others in a Haida canoe

Killer Whales and Haida Culture

February 2, 2021

Killer Whales and Haida Culture I was born and raised on Haida Gwaii in the village of Skidegate. I was very lucky to have been brought up in my culture. During my time as a naturalist and a zodiac skipper it’s been interesting to see the similarities between killer whale …

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

Where is the best place in the world to see whales?

January 27, 2021

Where is the place in the world to see whales? There are many, many species of whales spread across all the oceans of the world. Each species will have a preferred distribution and movement within its usual range. The controlling factor is access to food. Whales move primarily to find …

Transient Killer Whale

How long can a whale hold its breath?

January 26, 2021

How long can a whale hold its breath? Who holds the record? A Cuvier’s Beaked Whale holds the current record for the longest dive standing at a whopping 138 minute long dive. This was recorded back in 2014 and broke the record for diving mammals. That’s the equivalent of holding …

A Humpback Whale does a full breach!

Why Do Whales Jump

January 25, 2021

Why Do Whales Jump? A common and inquisitive question that is often asked aboard our tours. Of course to get the true answer we would have to ask the Whales themselves. Unfortunately they were unavailable for comment so we had to make do with the latest scientific research. It’s an …

Humpback Pectoral wave

When is the best time of year for whale watching in Victoria?

January 24, 2021

When is the best time of year for whale watching in Victoria? A great question. The answer will of course depend upon you! It depends what you enjoy and what species you want the best chance to watch. If you have the luxury to choose any point in the year …

A Humpback whale showing its large mouth!

What Do Whales Eat?

January 24, 2021

What do whales eat? Whales can be classified by whether they have teeth or baleen. This determines how and what they will munch on… Baleen Whales Baleen whales have baleen instead of teeth and include, right whales, gray whales, rorquals, and others. Baleen is made out of keratin (just like …

T46B1B - The little grey Orca

Tl’uk The White W’orca

January 10, 2021

Tl’uk The White W’orca Forget white walkers, it’s all about this white w’orca -Tl’uk! This juvenile killer whale, first spotted in late November 2018, is part of the T046B pod. This family pod is often seen in and around the waters of Vancouver Island. The young’s mother is T046B1 which …

Spyhopping killer whale during springtide whale watching in Victoria

Matriarchal Societies In The Animal Kingdom

January 8, 2021

Matriarchal Societies In The Animal Kingdom Killer Whales display this form of social organization and we have had the opportunity to observe this on our whale watching tours. Many of our crew and passengers find matriarchies fascinating, likely due to the fact that males are often expected to be the …

Spyhopping Resident Killer Whale

Whale Surfacing Behaviors

January 7, 2021

Whales, or to use the scientific word ‘Cetaceans ‘ can spend much of their life below the surface. But once they hit the surface they have many different behaviors we may be lucky enough to see. Striped dolphin bow-riding © Laureline Formanek Bow-riding Dolphins and porpoises are well known for …

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