The water was like glass today and around 7 pm I believe I saw some splashes and blows closer to the Vancouver Island side than Powell River. The distance is too great to see any dorsals. I'm hoping someone over there will be able to confirm that it was the whales as they headed Northward. From my vantage point, they disappeared behind Harwood Island.
Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC
Around 2:15 pm 8 Pacific White Sided Dolphins were spotted Southbound from Cape Mudge, Quadra Island. From Gary, Aboriginal Journeys
The balance of the reports that follow are from our friends farther South, submitted by Susan Berta and Howard Garrett, Orca Network
May 18: Southern Resident Orca - J Pod was around the Whidbey Island area. Around 8 Transient Orca were seen in the San Juan Islands.
May 17: J Pod again:
Tamar Griggs, Bold Bluff, Saltspring Island, B.C.
May 14 I would like to report 2 Beautiful Humpbacks my son and I witnessed on May 14, 2011 at 0945. They were in Stuart Channel (near Crofton, BC) Chart 3442. We joined them at Erskine Point (Salt Spring Island) and watched them cross to Grave pt and follow the shore to Sherard pt. They continued towards the direction of Porlier Pass. They were calm and serene each time taking 2 -3 breaths then a deep dive with tail fluke rising gracefully before descending. They appeared to be approximately the same size (adult). There is no mistake these were Humpback whales. I've seen thousands of different whales including whale watching guide. I didn't take pictures as I was video taping them.
Hope this helps,