Cetaceans’ (Whale) Hunting Strategies

August 10, 2016

As a marine biologist, there is something that never stops to amaze me: it’s all the different very clever hunting strategies used by cetaceans around the world. They are 2 main reasons why animals would use different hunting strategies. First, if some animals are in competition for the same prey, …

BC Day Long Weekend Events in Victoria

July 28, 2016

BC Day Long Weekend Events in Victoria The Inner Harbour is the most exciting place to be this BC Day Long Weekend! We have gathered the best BC Day long weekend events in Victoria for you and your family and friends to enjoy. Symphony Splash  Always a crowd favourite, Symphony Splash …

A Whale Scientist’s High-Tech Tool Kit

July 27, 2016

Onboard Biologist/Naturalist, Kat in the field (or on the water) A Whale Scientist’s High-Tech Tool Kit Many people ask me what it’s like to research whales. The movies will tell you it’s all glamour and fame: sprinting around on fancy yachts in a bikini, swimming with dolphins and smiling for …

Whale Vocalizations – Calling into the Beyond

July 19, 2016

Whale Vocalizations Killer Whales Surfacing The ocean is, for the most part, a dark and empty place. Even in pristine conditions, sunlight only penetrates up to 100m depth. Below that, at night and in turbid (cloudy) water, visual awareness has very limited use. Many marine mammals have excellent eyesight, but much more important …

WHERE IS BLACKBERRY (J27)?

July 14, 2016

Blackberry (J27) – Image courtesy of Fiona Fogarty UPDATE: July 14, 2016 – Blackberry was finally spotted with J Pod and we are thrilled! To see his picture, visit our Facebook page! J27 Blackberry currently missing. As one of our Naturalists, Izzy mentioned in a previous blog post, it’s hard …

SOUTHERN RESIDENT VS. TRANSIENT ORCAS

July 12, 2016

Transient Male (Top); Transient Female (Bottom) Resident Male (Top); Resident Female (Bottom) As you may already know, we are lucky enough to receive the visit of two very different populations of orcas here, in the Salish Sea: the southern residents and the transients. Now you might be wondering in what ways they …

Things To Do In Victoria With Children

July 5, 2016

We love this city and with so many fascinating and fun activities to do here, we wanted to share them with you to make your visit even more enjoyable! Not surprisingly, whale watching with us is first on the list 🙂 1. Whale Watching With SpringTide: Come join us for …

Finding whales to watch is a job in itself

July 5, 2016

Watching orcas in their natural habitat provides a unique experience, but spotting them relies on a network of fishing vessels, float planes and ferry boats. Captain Ian Roberts – photo courtesy of Julia Kilpatrick of the Toronto Star JULY 2, 2016 VICTORIA, B.C. — Ian Roberts spends most days on …

BABY BOOM OR BUST?

July 4, 2016

A Juvenile Orca Everybody loves baby animals and baby killer whales are no exception. Baby whales are called calves and they usually look like miniature versions of their adult forms. When killer whale calves are born, they are about 6 feet in length and 450 lbs. in weight. While not exactly itty-bitty, …

SCARLET – ONE OF THE ISLAND’S FAVOURITE RESIDENTS

June 28, 2016

J50-Scarlet Mama Slick with her Calf Scarlet | Credit: NOAA Fisheries, Vancouver Aquarium (Taken by UAV at 90 feet above pair within guidelines outlined in NMFS research permit and FAA flight authorization) While we at SpringTide love ALL the southern resident killer whales, we would be lying if we said we didn’t have …

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