August 6

What a great way to spend a Saturday. Our morning trip aboard the Tenacious III departed Kelsey Bay on very calm waters. Minutes into the trip we spotted 2 small Steller Sea Lions swimming along the Vancouver Island shoreline.

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Moments later a young guest named Britt from the Netherlands spotted a pod of 100+ Pacific White Sided Dolphins. They were wake riding and leaping out of the water which allowed guests a wonderful opportunity to take photos and just be amazed at their aerial abilities and their beauty.

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As we approached the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve we came upon the C10 pod of Northern Resident (fish eating) Killer Whales.While travelling along the reserve we  also encountered some Dalls Porpoise and more Killer Whales in the Reserve headed North. They seemed to be everywhere as we witnessed even more Orcas as we approached the North end of the Reserve.

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We lunched at Bell Rock just off Cracroft Point with a Humpback Whale. The whale circled our boat very calmly not showing his fluke. There was lots of bird activity around as well as more Steller Sea Lions.

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On our return back to Kelsey Bay we met up with some Killer Whales again who were heading down the Johnstone Strait.

It was an amazing morning on the water. What will the afternoon bring?

 

Saturday , Aug 6th Afternoon Trip:

Departed Kelsey Bay under sunny skies and with a boat full of guests from all over the world. Everyone was eager to see what today’s trip would reveal to them.

At the North end of the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve we observed a Humpback Whale swimming slowly headed East.

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Shortly after we spotted Killer Whales and we were able to identify 5 whales from the C10 Northern Resident (fish eating) Clan. They were travelling very closely together towards the reserve. After spending some time with them we traveled up past Kaikash Creek and encountered more Orcas (approx 6) spread out travelling up the Johnstone Strait along Vancouver Island shoreline.

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We then headed to Cracfroft Point and drifted in the strong current and whirlpools while having out lunch. Guests were able to watch 3 Humpback Whales feeding in the current all around us.

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On our way home we were treated to a bonus visit from a group of Pacific White Sided Dolphins. They rode in our bow and wake just before we arrived back in Kelsey Bay.

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Perfect ending to a beautiful day.

Photo Credit: Tina Kuschel   Photos taken with telephoto lens and cropped

 

 

August 5th

What a wonderful day on the water. Once again it started out overcast but alas the rain held off. After leaving Kelsey Bay the Tenacious III headed South of Adams River and were greeted by 30 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins riding our wake and bow riding!

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We continued on to Blackfish Sound where we spotted 3 Humpback Whales. Not long after some Steller Sea Lions and 3 Harbour Porpoises also came into view.

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After finding a calm area at Parsons Bay we stopped for lunch and enjoyed watching some Steller Sea Lions and 2 Bald Eagles while we ate.

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We once again spotted the 3 Humpback Whales from earlier and were delighted  that they were swimming slowly and surfacing to show their dorsal fins. Two of the Humpbacks were swimming in circles together and soon enough the guests found themselves being “christened” by Humpback Whale blow spray! What a treat!

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After the whale “christening” the sun came out from under the cloud covered mountains and we started our journey back. The waters were calm during the ride back and we were enthralled to find two Pacific White-Sided Dolphins and 3 Dall’s Porpoises following our wake for quite some time! It sure was a wonderful morning to see some wildlife!

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Our Afternoon trip started out from Kelsey Bay with sunny skies and calm waters. We traveled up to Blackfish Sound and into the Queen Charlotte Strait. The trip was action packed as we encountered marine life at every turn. DSC_0022

In Blackfish Sound we observed a Humpback Whale diving slowly as well as some Dalls Porpoise. As we entered the Queen Charlotte Strait we witnessed Pacific White Sided Dolphins  and more Humpbacks. Guests were delighted when the Humpback Whales breached several times. Everyone was too busy to eat lunch as there was so much to see.

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We also encountered Steller Sea Lions, Harbour Seals and while stopping for lunch we saw a Eagles Nest on Plumper Island.

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The day couldn’t have been any better until on the way home we encountered yet another Humpback Whale. Perfect ending to an amazing adventure on the Tenacious III.

Photo Credit:Tina Kuschel    Photos taken with telephoto lens and cropped.

 

 

August 4th

The Tenacious III departed under overcast skies this morning. We headed up Johnstone Strait and stopped at the Sophia Islands to view the numerous A4 and A5 pods of Northern Resident fish-eating Killer Whales. Everyone enjoyed watching them for quite some time.

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Continuing on we headed up to Blackney Pass where we enjoyed our lunch and saw two Humpback Whales.

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As the sun came out we began our sail back, talking the whole time of what a wonderful day for wildlife it was!

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Photo Credit: Amber Stroeder    Photos taken with telephoto lens and cropped.

August 3

What an amazing day on the water, truly special! Just as the Tenacious III left Kelsey Bay two Humpback Whale blows were spotted! The whales were identified to be Maude and her new calf! Maude was first identified in 1993 and this is her first calf that we know of since 1996!!

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Eventually leaving the pair, the Tenacious III set off in search of some Killer Whales, which they found at Windy Point! The A35s and A24s, two matrilines of the Northern Resident fish-eating Killer Whales were spotted slowly swimming along.

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Leaving the Killer Whales we headed off in search of a lunch spot, where we came across a small group of 6+ Dall’s Porpoise by the Adam River, as well as a few Bald Eagles! Before heading home we stopped off at Helmecken Island to take a look at the Pacific Harbour Seals and Steller Sea Lions hanging out.

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Heading back into Kelsey Bay the Tenacious III came across Maude and her calf again, this time the pair was tail lobbing and pectoral fin slapping! What an ending to a trip!

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August 2

We had an incredible trip! From start to end we saw marine mammals! We heard reports of Killer Whales east of Kelsey Bay so the Tenacious III headed through Cordero Channel. Pretty soon we saw some blows! A closer look revealed they were a group of Bigg’s Transient mammal-eating Killer Whales.

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With the help of Owain, an 11 year old boy who excels at puzzles, we were able to determine it was the T46’s!

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As we left the whales we spotted some lucky Pacific Harbour Seals lounging on some rocks. Before heading off to Sonora Island we saw a group of Pacific White Sided Dolphins leaping clear out of the water!

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Before returning we saw another group of Killer Whales, this time it was the Northern Resident fish-eating Killer Whales! The A42 and A35 matrilines. We could hear them vocalizing a ton, it was such an amazing and unforgettable day on the water!

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August 1

A sunny afternoon on the water! We reached the western edge of the Dr. Michael  Bigg Robson Bight Ecological Reserve and were able to get a good view of some of the whales in the reserve!

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We determined that in the reserve were the A24 and A35 families of the Northern Resident fish-eating Killer Whales, 16 in total!

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We had a late lunch while watching the whales. Just as we finished and were about to head back there was a slight mist over the mountains, making the landscape glow in the evening light.

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Monday, Aug 1

We had an amazing group of guests on our morning trip today. All eager to see the BC coast and wildlife.

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The Tenacious III headed west to the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. At the eastern boundary we encountered Dalls Porpoise all around us. They were travelling slowly giving everyone a chance to get a great view.

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While in Blackfish Sound we saw a Humpback Whale blow! We watched this whale dive several times as we had lunch.

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There were kayaks in the area and they had a close encounter. Humpback Whales are often oblivious to boats. Not equipped with ecolocation like toothed whales it is very important to be alert and aware of your surroundings when on the water. The Marine Education and Research Slogan “See a Blow go Slow” is a great way to remind people to pay close attention to where they are travelling.

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Before heading back to Kelsey Bay we saw a group of Steller Sea Lions and adult & juvenile Bald Eagles.