Whale, Dolphin or Porpoise Sightings from our Coastal waterways in British Columbia. We monitor and publish numbers, species, sightings and behaviour of Cetaceans to raise public awareness, respect and enthusiasm for the protection of our coastal wildlife and marine ecosystems.
500 Plus Pacific White Sided Dolphins, Orca, Humpbacks and Dall's
Desolation Sound and Lower Johnstone Strait hosted both Northern Resident and Transient Orca. Pacific White Sided Dolphins in very large numbers with some making an appearance off of Texada. A couple of Humpback Whales and a few Dall's Porpoise reports round out the sightings for the upper Sunshine Coast.
A note of remembrance, on this tenth anniversary, for the victims and their families of the September 11, 2001 attacks. It affected us all.
We had the A23's Westbound at Camp Point, Johnstone Strait when we left them at 11:45 am. Looking for them again (on the way back down the Strait from spending some time with the Pacific White Sided Dolphins) now. 2 pm Found them Westing at Brasseau (sp?) Bay.
5:45 pm 2 groups of Transient Orca, one group of 5 Transients including T20, T21 and a calf, originally spotted by Rendezvous Islands and the other 2 Transients consisting of a "sprouter" (sub-adult) and a female joined up through Hole in the Wall, just below Big Bay, Stewart Island. Once through, they turned right continuing to Upper Rapids when I left them; by Owen Bay and Okisollo Channel.
6 pm Looking at an unusual line on the water revealed between 80 to 100 Pacific White Sided Dolphins foraging back and forth off the NW end of Texada Island. A few left to wake ride with the Comox ferry while the rest did some high speed foraging.
11 am 500 or so Pacific White Sided Dolphins by Millie Island, Port Neville.
AJ, Oak Bay Hurricane
11 am 2 Humpback Whales first spotted Eastbound by Windy Point then Port Neville. Talk that it may by 'Chunky' and 'Stripe' two very large animals (unconfirmed - SM). A bit later on, they turned to head West back up Johnstone Strait.
Susan Berta and Howard Garrett, Orca Network, Whidbey Island, WA
When kayaking from Vashon on Sunday Sept 11, 2011, we saw three orca swimming south about 1 mile south of Faultleroy and 1/2mile offshore. I saw from about 1/2 mile away with binoculars. One large fin surfacing and then one small right behind it. Not sure of the size of the third. Each surface and the big one spouted really well. Very exciting to the two others paddlers in our group.
Thanks, Jeff Miller.
Amy Carey just called and said the Transients in Puget Sound turned around - at 1:10 pm she got a report of them off Glen Acres, Dilworth, Vashon Island, heading north. They had been close to shore off Vashon Island all morning heading south, but turned around and headed north while no one was looking.
The T30's were off Sydney Island at 12:10, heading north. Two kills witnessed (one harbor porpoise, one unknown).
Southern Resident Orca
Stephanie Raymond reported a Southern Resident superpod in Haro Strait at 12:50.
12:18 pm -L pod is at False bay milling and socializing, while J and K are up farther maybe by Lime Kiln. There is alot of spy hopping, breaching, lunging and tail slapping and a TON of above water vocalizing from L pod!
Arlene Solomon called from Mayne Island to say there were six orcas headed north into Active Pass.
We spotted a small pod of about 5 or 6 orcas all females and young ones. One calf was so small and appeared grey in colour. I can't find any info on grey infant orcas. Is this common for newborns? The time was 5:30 on September 10th. The orcas were heading east towards Race Rocks and sticking within feet from shore. We noticed the large female would stop moving for a minute or so and just float. Is this possibly nursing the calf?