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

Where and when is the best time and place to see whales?

January 27, 2021

Where and when is the best time and place 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 …

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

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

January 24, 2021

What 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

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 your fingernails) and makes …

Springtide Storm Rider

Storm Riders : Springtide Whale Watching

January 21, 2021

Springtide is part of Tourism Vancouver Island’s ‘Storm Rider’ series. Read more …

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 …

Will Victoria welcome cruise ships in 2021?

August 26, 2020

Will there be cruise ships arriving in Victoria in 2021? Springtide CEO and Greater Victoria Harbor Authority CEO Ian Robertson respond to CHEK news.  

Killer Whale pod known as the T60s

Winter Whale Watching

August 24, 2020

  To answer you immediate question:  Yes we do see whales in the winter and yes it is cold! What whales are we likely to see? Well, the usual suspects you’d expect to see in summer more or less. Killer Whales/ Orca The famous and much loved Killer Whales are …

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