We would like to thank all of our guests from near and far for joining us on another spectacular Whale Watching season. We started off the season in April with a bang and sightings became more prolific as the months went on. The Southern Resident Killer Whales had made their presence known early this year, presumably due to higher Salmon stocks early in the season. We witnessed some of the most incredible Transient Killer Whale hunts you can be fortunate enough to encounter and researchers reported record high sightings of the Killer Whale eco-type this season.
Rare and increased sightings for numerous species were spotted off our coastline this season, from pods of hundreds of Pacific White-Sided Dolphins to Sea Otters, Humpback Whales and even the very rare Right Whale. Our other sightings were certainly not shy in abundance either and included spectacular displays from Minke Whales, Stellar and California Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Dall’s and Harbour Porpoises, River Otters, Elephant Seals, Bald Eagles, Cormorants and so much more! Every year we are amazed and humbled at just how powerful and full of life the Salish Sea can be.
Typically early in the season, the resident Orcas will tease us and disappear for a while, making their presence somewhat elusive, but this year as soon as they came back to the area after a winter away, they were here to stay well into October! Not only were the Residents in full force but the Transient Orcas as well. The Pacific Whale Watching Association
reported an all-time high for sightings of Transient Orcas (Marine Mammal-eating) this season. Some believe it is due to higher counts of Harbour Seals, with Transients keeping natural population levels in check.