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.
Northern Resident (fish eating) Killer
Whales finally made their way into the upper Johnstone Strait today.
There's hopes of seeing them come down the Strait into our area.
Transient (meat eating) Orca also now called Bigg's Killer Whales
appear to have spread out – somewhere, but some have shown up in
and near the US reported by Orca
Network. Their sightings are random complete with
disappearing acts; wait to see them since they're coming your way,
and nothing. They are the masters. Sightings reports of Humpback
Whales, Pacific White Sided Dolphins and a few Harbour Porpoise, nice
to see them showing up again, round out the Cetacean sightings
reports. There are a couple of submitted video links below.
9:40 am 12 Transient Orca near
Robson Bight. Upper Johnstone Strait No direction. Also from the
Upper Johnstone Strait area: Large group of Orca Westbound
from Bear Point, Malcom Island – possibly Resident !!
Jack Springer, Campbell River Whale
Hi there We are in Hospital Bay,
Pender Harbour. We have just seen a Mum and baby orca coming
into the harbour passed Indian islands. How special was that? Do
we need to report it anywhere else? ( we are from Alberta and have to
report bear sightings) do they often come into harbours? Thanks
for your website Cindy Luntley
Hi Susan, We were boating off Beach
Gardens (Powell River) and saw Orca about half way between our
shore and Texada. They were being closely followed by a Coast
Guard boat. The Orca were headed north, one large male and several
others, looked like there were a couple of calves. We saw them
between 1:30 and 2 pm. Sorry you missed them. Our 9 year old grandson
was quite excited as he was the one who got the humpback photo in
Mexico. Not sure we got any pics, will download them later today.
The ones you called about the other
night we don’t think came this far southeast.
Michael Stewart, South Powell River
11:47 am Transient Orca Eastbound
down Johnstone Strait by Naka Creek.
Overheard Radio Scotty talking to
Lukwa, Stubbs Island
Sailed around 8 Orcas yesterday
morning from 10:30 am until 12 pm. Sailed with them off Pender
Harbour to the north tip of Thormanby. There was one large male
some females and definitely a few calfs. Saw one orca breach.
July 6: (received late)
Hi Susan, I was so lucky last night,
(6th) as always I hopped in the car to photograph the
orcas, (in front of Campbell River) but this time I also ended
up hopping on a boat at the last minute, with some very kind and
generous strangers, haha!! There appeared to be two groups of
orcas, each maybe 5-7 in number. Or maybe one large pod, but
there was often a good distance between each group (100-200 yards),
also I believe we saw 2 bulls (maybe 3?)- but I'm not sure. I think
we were watching their playful and proud behavior after a kill. I'm
speculating, but with the binoculars I did see what looked to be
hunting and circling for some time, later followed by breaches,
pec and tail slaps, lobtailing and spy hops galore!!!This is
actually my first time seeing ANY of these behaviors, and they were
all combined in one night! What a treat to witness!! I've
attached the one photo worthy of sending to you for now- I'm a
beginner photographer, and so the low lighting conditions combined
with all of my excitement resulted in only a few keepers :) I'll send
some ID photos to you another time if you're interested... but for
now, here's my FAV!!! Happy Weekend! Talk soon! :)
PS: I forgot to share their direction
of travel- very slowly north through discovery passage with a few
direction changes while playing and jumping around! :)
Tara Bladon, Campbell River
July 5, 2012
6:10 am Humpback Whale in Elk Bay.
No direction. From Water Taxi.
Scotty, Painter's Lodge
7:30 am Humpback Whale out in front
of Willow Point. No direction – from fishing guide report. 8:12
am The Humpback is now in front of Quathiaski Cove bucking tide.
Scotty, Painter's Lodge
A humpback surfaced in Sutil Channel
between Birdwood bay and Hill Island at 09:20 hrs heading
north. Jane Landry aboard Whisper
White Sided Dolphins
3 pm 30+ PWS
Dolphins at the West end of Nodales Channel.
12:15 pm About 100 PWS Dolphins
spread out between Thurlow and Sonora Point.
Nick Templeman, Eagle Eye Adventures
11:10 am About 20 Dolphins entering
4:14 pm Just leaving 100 PWS
Dolphins in Raza Passage, above Desolation Sound, just milling.
Garry Henkel, Aboriginal Journeys
Transient Orca Play
July 4, 2012
Nick Templeman, Eagle
1:37 pm 10 or so Harbour Porpoise
spread out foraging mid channel between Hernando and Copeland
Islands. Joss, Eagle Eye Adventures also reported that in
his travels, he saw a couple of Harbour Porpoise by Sliammon
Creek, Powell River. No time given for sighting.
Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC
Link with Pacific White Sided
Dolphins wake riding by Savary Island on July 7th –
A quick reminder to all boaters: if the Dolphins want to come
to play by your boat, be very careful not to make any sudden turns
or stops. Never rush them or drive into the middle of the group.
They may be fast, but can't always get out of your way fast enough
and have been known to get hurt.
Gordie Coles, Savary Island / Lund
Here is the link to the mother and baby
River Otter (these are the common Otters we see in our
inside waters – SM) sighting on June 30 in Myrtle Creek,
Powell River. http://youtu.be/8xQCT_RfJ84
Holly Roy, Traff Road, Powell River
Nice Comment on July 8:
Hi there. Just wanted to let you know
how much I enjoy receiving your posts! We just moved to Powell River
(Myrtle Rocks area) from the Fraser Valley. I've been back and forth
on the ferry dozens of times and have yet to see any whales, dolphins
etc. but it's not for lack of trying lol. My family knows it's on my
bucket list, and now that we've moved here we're always watching when
we can (don't live right on the water). I figure sooner or later it's
gotta happen lol! Anyways, thank you so much for all your hard work
putting this together. You really do a super job at it and I really
enjoy the emails, and pictures. Thank you!!! Ann Mailhot,
Powell River, BC