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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 …

It’s Sea Otter Awareness Week!

September 22, 2020

While it is not hard for these little cuties to be the center of attention, based solely off their plushie-like appearance, these critters are the superstar to Sea Otter Awareness Week! Why do sea otters get a whole week to themselves? Let us take a step back in time to …

Hey, Baby!

September 7, 2020

A new calf brings joy after the tears. In 2018 Southern Resident Killer Whale, J-35, also known as Tahlequah, was in the world’s spotlight after tragedy hit her and her family pod. For 1600 kilometers she carried the tiny, lifeless body of her child, one ‘tour of grief’ later, she …

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