July 7th-9th

Another amazing weekend of sightings here in the Discovery Islands! Nine Humpback Whales were spotted in total over the last three days, giving us the honour of seeing more breaching, fluking, and powerful fin slaps. One of the whales, Chinook, was first seen in the Campbell River area in 2015 and is frequently sighted on our trips. Steller Sea Lions and Pacific Harbour Seals could be seen hauled out on rocks and swimming with each other near the shores. Groups of Pacific White Sided Dolphins were enjoying the waves made by the boat. A special, and never before seen in Campbell River, treat this weekend was when one of our trips was lucky enough to see a Sea Otter! These furry creatures are typically found on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

All images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credits: Discovery Marine Safari naturalists Kaitlin Paquette-Drapeau, and Ali

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If you would like to book a tour with us this summer to see these and other magnificent creatures in the wild, please visit our website at http://adventurewhalewatching.com/whale-wildlifesafari.php, email us at info@adventurewhalewatching.com, or give us a call at 1-250-287-7008!

July 5th-6th

We have identified 18 humpback whales so far this season!! In the last few days many of them have been visible in the waters near Campbell River. KC, Niagara, Nick and Notcho were positively ID’d and many more observed! Pacific White Sided Dolphins continue to be prevalent along with Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles and many bird species! Calm water and sunshine have made the days feel nearly perfect!

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July 3rd-4th

July is kicking off with some amazing sightings! 11 Humpbacks in two days! Among the identified were some familiar faces such as KC, Nic, Poptart, and Niagara. Large groups of Pacific White Sided Dolphins have been spotted wake riding and jumping through the waves. What an experience! Steller Sea Lions and Pacific Harbour Seals were hauled out enjoying the sunny weather. Pigeon Guillemots, Pelagic Cormorants, and even a Blue Heron could be seen on shore and drifting on the waves.

All images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credits: Discovery Marine Safari naturalists Kaitlin Paquette-Drapeau, and Tina!

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If you would like to book a tour with us this summer to see these and other magnificent creatures in the wild, please visit our website at http://adventurewhalewatching.com/whale-wildlifesafari.php, email us at info@adventurewhalewatching.com, or give us a call at 1-250-287-7008!

June 30th-July 2nd

We’ve had spectacular sightings in the Salish Sea and Discovery Passage over the last few days. Several Humpbacks have been feeding in the waters near Campbell River and a few were ID’d by our Marine Naturalists including Slits, Arial, KC, and Nic. We even had the good fortune to witness two Humpbacks off Mitlenatch Island breach several times and raise their huge pectoral fins out of the water before bringing them down with incredible force on the surface!! Many Steller sea lions, Pacific harbour seals, Pelagic cormorants, and Pigeon guillemots could be seen along the shore line and in the water. A special treat this weekend has been the large numbers of Pacific White Sided dolphins that the trips have been seeing. A group of approx. 100 have been in the lower Discovery Passage area.

If you would like to know more about our tours or to book a tour please visit our website: http://adventurewhalewatching.com/

All photos taken with telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Discovery Marine Safaris Ltd. Naturalist Kaitlin Paquette

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June 28th and 29th!

Incredible sightings these past couple days! There are so many Humpback Whales around the Discovery Islands right now, over the past two days we have seen 8 different individuals, truly breathtaking. We were also lucky to spot 4 Biggs transient mammal eating Killer Whales fluking, pectoral slapping, and breaching! Absolutely incredible! Other sightings we’ve had these past couple days include 100+ Pacific White Sided Dolphins, Stellar Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, and hundreds of Marine birds.

If you would like to know more about our tours or to book a tour please visit our website: http://adventurewhalewatching.com/

All photos taken with telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Discovery Marine Safaris Ltd. Naturalist Kaitlin Paquette

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June 26th-27th

The past few days have continued to offer our guests an incredible experience. We ID’d five individual Humpback Whales along with sightings of several more that we were not able to ID. Nick, a familiar Humpback Whale was even seen swimming with an unidentified Humpback Whale, very exciting! Mitlenatch Island Ecological Reserve offered fantastic coffee stops, with many Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, and multiple species of marine birds. It’s been an action packed couple of days and we look forward to an exciting holiday weekend!

All images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credits: Discovery Marine Safari naturalist Kaitlin Paquette-Drapeau

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If you would like to book a tour with us this summer to see these and other magnificent creatures in the wild, please visit our website at http://adventurewhalewatching.com/whale-wildlifesafari.php, email us at info@adventurewhalewatching.com, or give us a call at 1-250-287-7008!

 

June 23rd-25th

What a great few days for Whale Watching! The weekend kicked off with the Tenacious III seeing three of the TOO2C Killer Whales, as well as four Humpbacks off of the south end of Quadra Island. Other sightings included Eagles, a Black oyster catcher, Harlequin ducks, and two seals.

As the day was getting started, the tour departed on another fantastic trip. Just north of Marina Island five Biggs or Transient, mammal eating Killer Whales, the TOO2C’s, could be seen having some fun in the sun. A beautiful lunch break at Mitlenatch Island gave the guests a look at a grand total of almost forty seals and fifteen sea lions! Harlequin ducks, Pigeon guillemots, and Pelagic cormorants could be seen around the shores as well. The trip took an even better turn when two Humpbacks were spotted from the boat.

We’ve seen quite a few of our well-known Humpback Whales over the past couple days, including KC, Arial, Spotlight, Niagra, Nacho, Nic, and Big Mama! Wow!

The TOO2C matriline was joined by several other Biggs or Transient, mammal eating Killer Whales with around fifteen of them being spotted on the 25th as well. Another exciting sighting on Sunday gave guests a look at the calf of Glacier, who is new to these waters as of 2016.

All images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo Credit: Discovery Marine Safaris naturalist Kaitlin and Ali! P1640196P1640200P1640206P1640221P1640230P1640234P1640252P1640276P1640283P1640285P1640295P1640300P1640322P1640346P1640355P1640359

If you would like to book a tour with us this summer to see these and other magnificent creatures in the wild, please visit our website at http://adventurewhalewatching.com/whale-wildlifesafari.php, email us at info@adventurewhalewatching.com, or give us a call at 1-250-287-7008!