Whale sailing through Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

Why do whales migrate?

May 16, 2022

Why do whales migrate? Whales undertake some of the longest migrations on earth, often swimming many thousands of miles, over many months, to breed in the tropics. But what drives whales to brave the high seas like this? This is a question that has long fascinated both the general public …

Humpback breach

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 …

July 19th 2021 Humpbacks

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. …

whale below the surface

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 …

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.

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 …

How ‘Transient’ Orca are the new dominant group

February 1, 2021

How ‘Transient’ Orca are the new dominant group Mammal eating Orca are becoming the dominant eco type. An interesting article published in The Atlantic. Read here Read More Latest Articles, Latest News Try these: Why Do Whales Jump How long can a whale hold its breath? What Do Whales Eat?

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 …

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