A Humpback whale showing its large mouth!

What Do Whales Eat?

January 24, 2021

What do whales eat? 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 …

Springtide Storm Rider

Storm Riders : Springtide Whale Watching

January 21, 2021

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

T46B1B - The little grey Orca

Tl’uk The White W’orca

January 10, 2021

Tl’uk The White W’orca Forget white walkers, it’s all about this white w’orca -Tl’uk! This juvenile killer whale, first spotted in late November 2018, is part of the T046B pod. This family pod is often seen in and around the waters of Vancouver Island. The young’s mother is T046B1 which …

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 …

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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