Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Our Whale Watching and Wildlife Safari was full of exciting sightings today. Guests spent the morning watching wildlife on and around Mitlenatch Island.

Some of the wildlife seen here included Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Pelagic Cormorants, and Pigeon Guillemots.

Upon leaving Mitlenatch we received a report of a Humpback Whale near Marina Island. We spotted the blow of the whale from a distance and as we drew closer were able to witness this whale tail lobbing.

After spending some time watching this Humpback Whale we received a second report of another whale in the area.

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Again we set off in the direction of reports and were lucky to spend some time with a second Humpback Whale today.

It was a wonderful way to start the week!

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If you would like to learn more about the wildlife in our area please feel free to explore the link below.

http://www.adventurewhalewatching.com/wildlife.php

All images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.
Photo Credit: Kaitlin Paquette, Discovery Marine Safaris Naturalist

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Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Sensational Saturday was off to a great start this weekend.

It was a very eventful Whale Watching and Wildlife Safari. We departed Campbell River and aimed south into the Strait of Georgia where we were fortunate to come across a Humpback Whale travelling between Quadra and Mitlenatch Island.

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We were able to spend a bit of time with this individual before we received reports of another Humpback Whale in the area. Heading north we once again were lucky to come across another whale that was travelling around Marina Island.

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Guests were eager to see these giants in the wild and marvelled at the flukes that were seen whenever these whales took deeper dives.

After a wonderful morning, we once again made our way south this time to Mitlenatch Island. Here we had our refreshment break while listening to the vocalizations of a large colony of Steller Sea Lions.

While we drifted around Mitlenatch we also had the opportunity to see Pacific Harbour Seals, Pelagic Cormorants, Pigeon Guillemots, and Glaucous-winged Gulls.

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It was a great day to be on the water!

If you would like to know more about the wildlife in our area please feel free to explore the link below, or click Book Now and begin planning your own adventure today.

http://www.adventurewhalewatching.com/wildlife.php

Your Adventure is Our Passion!

All images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.
Photo Credit: Kaitlin Paquette, Discovery Marine Safaris Naturalist

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Happy Friday to all!

What a great way to begin the weekend. Our trip today departed Campbell River and headed North through Seymour Narrows.

Guests took in the beautiful surroundings as we made our way to Nodales Channel.

From here we headed to Jimmy Judd Island and were fortunate to see some Steller Sea Lions hauled out on the rocks. We spent some time drifting in the currents and got the chance to hear vocalizations and also witness some posturing between two very large Sea Lions.

Near Sonora Resort we came across numerous Pacific Harbour Seals. Here their mottled shades of grey blended into the rocks. It was hard to spot them at first, but we sure did smell them.

We had our break in Big Bay with Bald Eagles soaring overhead. Despite some earlier rain, the sun was shining and we could even see the Jellyfish in the water below.

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A wonderful day with a great group of guests.

If you would like to know more about the wildlife in our area please feel free to explore the link below, or click Book Now to plan your adventure today!

http://www.adventurewhalewatching.com/wildlife.php

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All images were taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.
Photo Credit: Kaitlin Paquette, Discovery Marine Safaris Naturalist

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Yesterday’s trip was amazing. We were once again graced with a warm and sunny day and the water was calm for the whole trip.

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We spent our morning at Mitlenatch Island and wondered at all the varied biodiversity that it supports. Sightings included: Pigeon Guillemots, Glaucous-winged Gulls, Pelagic Cormorants, Harlequin Ducks, Pacific Harbour Seals, Stellar Sea Lions, and even a few California Sea Lions.

After we headed North around Quadra toward Stuart Island. Once there we were able to observe some amazing feeding activity. We stopped here to have our break and watched as both Juvenile and Mature Bald Eagles took turns snatching Hake from the currents. What a sight to behold.

After a full day of wildlife viewing, we headed back toward Campbell River and made our way through the infamous Seymour Narrows.

All in all, it was another amazing day on the Island!

If you would like to know more about the wildlife in our area please feel free to explore the link below, or click Book Now to plan an adventure of your own.

http://www.adventurewhalewatching.com/wildlife.php

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All images were taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.
Photo Credit: Kaitlin Paquette, Discovery Marine Safaris Naturalist

Monday, June 5th, 2017

The guests on our Monday Whale and Wildlife Safari were greeted by the sun in beautiful Campbell River.

We headed out towards Cape Mudge and immediately guests spotted the blow of a Humpback Whale in the distance.

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We spent some time viewing this whale and were fortunate to see the whale’s fluke.

Our next stop was Mitlenatch Island where we saw Pelagic Cormorants, Bald Eagles, Pigeon Guillemots, Steller Sea Lions, and Pacific Harbour Seals. What a great experience.

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Our trip on the water rounded out with a stop at Copper Cliffs to see some Bald Eagles and their nests. We also spent a few minutes near Steep Island watching Pacific Harbour seals.

It was a wonderful day on the water!

If you would like to know more about the wildlife in our area please feel free to explore the link below or click Book Now to join us on an adventure of your own.

http://www.adventurewhalewatching.com/wildlife.php

All images were taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.
Photo Credit: Kaitlin Paquette, Discovery Marine Safaris Naturalist

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Wednesday, October 19th. Last Grizzly Expedition of 2016!

Today was a typical West Coast autumn day – slightly blustery and intermittent drizzling, yet topped with a tangible enthusiasm for what the day held in store. We were not disappointed! On our way to the Orford Bay 5 Humpback Whales were spotted – a mother and calf travelling south near the shore, one surfacing off in the distance, and two more being quite surface active in the distance as well. We were lucky enough to witness quite a few large splashes! Steller Sea Lions were occasionally popping up in the strong currents that helped speed up our trip. Once in the Orford, we were treated to multiple views of Bald Eagles and bears feasting; Tower #2 boasted multiple juvenile Eagles and two Grizzly Bears right right away. A mature Bald Eagle would occasionally swoop down at some of the juveniles, forcing them away from their salmon! As we left the tower, two more Grizzlies could be seen upstream, one of whom swam across the river. Continuing on, more bears were seen near the Grizzly sign fishing, napping on a gravel bar, and clambering over logs. At Tower #4, a pleasant surprise was had when a female bear charged a male bear, right to our bus! Needless to say, we enjoyed that spectacle from a safe distance before returning to board the bus and make our way home. The return ride was slightly lumpy, providing a marine roller coaster-like ride for our last trip of the season. To all those who came out on a trip with us this summer, thank you! We look forward to seeing you in the future.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie. Images taken with a telephoto lens.