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.
Transient (Bigg's) Killer Whales Every Second Day!
Transient Orca every second day!
Humpback Whale sightings report. Pacific White Sided Dolphins
spreading out a bit, but still have large numbers grouped together in
a few areas. A possible Minke Whale sighting, and Harbour Porpoise
sightings round out this report. Minke Whales don't frequent our area
very often – or at least aren't noticed much. Spotting them is a
bit more difficult when they're on the move. They usually are up for
only a quick couple of breaths then down for around 10 minutes only
to pop up quite a distance from where they were. On occasion, people
mistake them for a lone Dolphin if they see only the curved dorsal
without seeing the size of the animal. Transient, meat eating, Orca
are known to hunt them. There is ongoing research to better
understand these Minke Whales, the smallest of the baleen whales.
Transient Orca – Transient
Killer Whales are being renamed to Bigg's Killer Whales. It has
been noted that since some of these whales have set areas of
preferred travel similar to areas of Resident Orca, it actually was a
misnomer to call them 'Transients'. Even we have, what I have been
calling our 'Resident Transients' travelling their preferred area
from the bottom of Johnstone Strait to the Sechelt – Nanaimo line
across Georgia Strait. They have been here throughout the late autumn
till now. The name Bigg's was decided upon by based on
recommendations proposed by the global killer whale research
community (Ford 2011) to honour the late Dr. Michael Bigg, pioneering
killer whale research scientist.
Hey Susan, We saw a pod of 5-7 orcas
traveling up Discovery Passage tonight! They were heading North
cruising past the Cape Mudge Lighthouse at 9:20pm, sticking
close to the Quadra shoreline. Cheers!! :)
Tara Bladon, Campbell River
9:51 am Only one Orca spotted
Southbound in Discovery Passage fighting the tide in
mid-channel by Walcan / Copper Bluffs. Good 6 ft. Dorsal.
Dick – Radio
10:19 am Some Orca, including T20
(big male) and T21 (female) plus some others slowly working
South. By 11:30 am they had only made it to April Point. At
11:57 am About 15 PWS Dolphins popped up right by the Transients –
they're rushing away and into Quathiaski Cove.
2:36 pm Leaving the Orca about 4
miles North of Mitlenatch and about 2.8 miles off Vancouver Island.
Garry Henkel, Aboriginal Journeys
10:39 am 2 large male Orca
dorsals and possibly a couple of others, but 2 big dorsals for sure,
off the South-West shoals of Savary Island. They're angling
towards Mitlenatch Island slowly.
Dee Ingraham, Savary Island
Anyone from Comox, South of Comox,
or Texada willing to fill in this blank?? These Orca, we know were
heading South in Georgia Strait, as they've been doing every second
day, but without reports, we don't know how far they're going before