Monday, November 12, 2012
Humpback Whales, Transient Orca and Dolphins
Humpback Whales are moving South between Vancouver Island and the mainland, while Transient Orca are meandering about stopping to take the occasional sea lion. Some Pacific White Sided Dolphins were also reported off Savary Island. I have sworn I've seen some blows and then nothing, but since I can't confirm, these are not reported below. Maybe it's just wishful thinking, but I don't think so.
Most of the Sightings reports below have come in late after the fact, but still are important, so a reminder to all to please keep them coming.
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Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC
Transient (Bigg's) Killer Whales
by Harwood Island
Susan MacKay, SG Images
11 am At least 8 Transient Orca were spotted heading North-West by Shelter Point, close to Vancouver Island. There was at least 1 big fin (male) and it's believed that it was the same group that was around Cowichan on November 11th seen taking a sea lion. (Rumour has it that the whales included T93. - SM)
Garry Henkel, Aboriginal Journeys
Late report that earlier in the day, there were some Orca just off Lund. No direction or numbers.
Geri Batchelor, Savary Island
10 am Saw a big animal and blow, assumed to be a Humpback Whale off the Powell River viewpoint headed towards Grief Point.
Steve Grover, Powell River
This is a picture of my whale sighting. I was standing on the rocks of the Saltery Bay campsite and the whales are breeching over by Hardy Island. You have to zoom in the picture and those white dots are the splash. When I saw the splash I heard boom boom 2 seconds later. (When Humpbacks land their breech, it can sound like an explosion. Especially if there are hills to echo off of. - SM)
Jeannette Russell, Powell River
November (last week sometime):
No time or actual numbers, but there was a report that there were Humpback Whales by Oyster River, Vancouver Island.
by Hardy Island
Pacific White Sided Dolphins
8 am 6 to 8 PWS Dolphins were jumping around our boat and bow rode for 20 minutes or so 100 yards off the beach at Indian Point, Savary Island. Great experience.
Jim and Shelly, Savary Island
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