Discover the latest news articles on the oceans, whales and marine realm, as well as on our local environment and global issues further afield.

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Humpbacks do not want to be ghosts for Halloween

October 31, 2022

Humpback Season It may be Spooky Season for many of you, but here in the Salish Sea, it is also Humpback Season. Humpbacks begin arriving from their breeding grounds in the spring and spend the summer here in the nutrient-rich waters packing on the pounds eating up to a ton …

Deuce Days are Back July 14-17

July 14, 2022

The tri-annual “Midwestern Deuce Days” is returning to Victoria this summer!  Come downtown and enjoy the show! Since 1998, Deuce Days classic car show has occupied Victoria’s inner harbour every three years. 2022 will be the 10th edition of Midwestern Deuce Days.The event attracts classic car owners and spectators from …

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How Do Whales Communicate

November 5, 2021

How Do Whales Communicate? Whales communicate using a myriad of noises to socialize with the other whales in their pod. The method of communication depends on the species of whale and what purpose they are making the sound for. The typical noises whales will make to communicate can consist of …

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Record numbers of humpback calves spotted

October 29, 2021

There were no humpbacks off southwest B.C. 25 years ago, but now as many as 500 have been identified A humpback calf photographed this month in the Salish Sea off the B.C. coast. The Pacific Whale Watch Association says 21 calves have been spotted in the area this feeding season. …

New Calf in L Pod. Welcome L125!

February 19, 2021

New Calf in L Pod. Welcome L125! The center for whale research has confirmed a new calf in L Pod. Bringing the total population of the Southern Resident Killer Whales to 75. Below is the press release. For photos and more visit Center For Whale Research/L125 The Center for Whale Research …

Orca Exhibition at the Royal Bc Museum

February 10, 2021

Opening April 16, 2021. ‘Orcas: Our Shared Future’. A new exhibition at the Royal BC Museum.

Cruise Ships Not Returning Until 2022

February 9, 2021

It has been made official. The ban on large cruise ships has been extended until 2022.

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 …

Breaching Humpback Whale with Springtide Whale Watching

Humpback whales: why are they so lumpy and bumpy?

January 6, 2021

Humpback whales: why are they so lumpy and bumpy? Pectoral fins, head, throat and tail, all covered in bumps! Just a teenager with bad acne you might think? Well you couldn’t be more wrong when it comes to these angels of the sea… Heads Up. The blowhole of a Humpback …

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