Have You Seen Any of These?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Orca, Dolphins and Humpback Whales

Sightings: Pacific White Sided Dolphins and Humpback Whales by Powell River. Stormy seas have made it difficult to spot some of these cetaceans around the upper Georgia Strait. There are reports of Dolphins by Sechelt and some Orca seen south of Nanaimo. For Sechelt whale enthusiasts, Caitlin Birdsall of the Vancouver Aquarium will be speaking in Sechelt on Dec. 3rd. Check the local listings for time and location.
Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC

Orca (most likely Transients)

November 26:

We saw a pod of Orcas this afternoon (around 3 pm) coming from the north and swimming through Dodds Narrows to the south (just south of Nanaimo). A number of them were slapping their tails. Some where upside down while doing this. One breached on its side. Jay Rostogi submitted by Susan Berta & Howard Garrett, Orca Network, Whidbey Island, WA

Pacific White Sided Dolphins

November 25:

Just like to report this afternoon at Davis Bay on the Sunshine Coast, BC Canada,a very large group, at least 200 plus Pacific White sided Dolphins went by. From North to South,in Georgia strait,beautiful!!!!! Cornelia van Berkel and Don Kernan, Sechelt BC – submitted by Susan Berta & Howard Garrett, Orca Network, Whidbey Island, WA

November 23:

9 am 200+ Pacific White Sided Dolphins foraging and leaping between Harwood and Westview, Powell River. (When I spotted them, there were a couple of Sea Lions merrily porpoising with the group. SM)
Midge Dalsin, Powell River

9:20 am Peter and I have been watching a large group/pod of Pacific White Sided Dolphins just out from our place since around 8:45 am. You probably already know about them.
Gladys Raven, Powell River

9:30 am till around 4 pm The Dolphins headed towards Atrevida Reef / Sliammon / Harwood Isl. / Rebecca Rocks and Grief Point. All within our “triangle” in front of Powell River. Through my intermittent watching, they did their fast foraging and lots of leaps some very high in the air. Too bad my skiff is out for service!
Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC

November 24: report from John and Joan Treen that they watched the same group of Dolphins by Grief Point on Nov. 23rd till it was too dark to watch them. They were still leaping and foraging back and forth.

November 22:

8 am 100+ Pacific White Sided Dolphins foraging off the Viewpoint in Westview, Powell River.
Steve Grover, Powell River

...till 9:20 am Another couple of groups of Dolphins that were out by Rebecca Rocks came in closer to Westview and joined up with the first group making a total of over 200 Dolphins leaping, fast foraging, and generally cavorting towards Grief Point. I lost sight of them between Vananda on Texada and Grief Point.
Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC

11:20 am Received another call from Steve Grover that the 200+ Dolphins had returned to the triangle in front of Powell River between Harwood and Texada. At 12:45 pm A call came in from John and Joan Treen that the Pacific White Sided Dolphins were headed out by Rebecca Rocks.

Humpback Whales

November 22:

4 Humpback Whales had been staying in the general area of Saltrey Bay, south of Powell River. The ferry had been announcing their sightings.
Clyde Burton, Powell River
(These are probably the ones I reported in the rays of the setting sun in front of Powell River on Nov. 15 - Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC)