Posted by: cherylyoung | February 15, 2012

With March break just around the corner you might want to think about Whalewatching, there is no seagoing experience quite like it.

 

  There’s no seagoing experience quite like watching,

 

 close-up, a sleek whale weighing thousands of pounds

 frolic  like a child  in it’s natural habitat.

 

Up and down the coast of British Columbia,

 from Victoria  to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island,

 from Vancouver  to the BC Gulf Islands, and up to

 Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Orcas

 (killer whales), Gray whales   and  Humpback whales

 ply the waves and perform their watery rituals.

 Whalewatching at its best!

 

Whatever else you do in British Columbia, don’t miss the

 whale watching boat – you’ll have a tale of a whale to tell


Orcas (Killer whales)

 

B.C’s killer whale population is divided  into 2

distinct groups which, curiously, never mingle.

 

 Residents travel in large pods  within predictable

 ranges  and feed primarily on fish.

 

 Transients roam in smaller groups over large areas

 of the coast,  feeding on marine mammals such

 as seals, sea lions  and other whales.

 

The resident orca population is divided into

 2 communities,  each with its own geographical range.

 

 

 The ocean around Victoria is home to the southern

 resident  community of 3 pods totalling 100

magnificent animals.

 The northern residents total 217 whales in 16 pods

 which  patrol the Johnstone Strait, the waters of

 northern Vancouver  Island and the mainland coast.

 

The transient killer whales comprise 30 small pods

 of about  160 whales and travel much further than

 the resident pods.

 

 Best viewing from May to October.

 

Pacific Gray whales migrate north along the west

 coast of the  island during March and April.

 

 They are easily accessible by boat or can be

viewed from mounted telescopes in the Long

 beach area

Over 20,000 Gray whales participate in the longest

 migration of any animal, some stop to feed and

 rest in our protected bays, while 40 to 50 grays will

spend their summers feeding off Vancouver Island.

 

Humpback whales will thrill you to the north of

Vancouver Island,at the outer edges of the Inside

 Passage, with their  acrobatic  behaviour and

 elaborate underwater song.

 

 Treasure lifetime memories of these magnificent

 whales  breaching within metres of your boat.

Minke whales, Pacific White-sided dolphins,

 Harbour porpoises, Dall’s porpoises, Harbour seals

 and Steller‘s sea lions are also  viewed in the waters

around Vancouver Island.

 

 

Pacific Rim Whale Festival

 

Whale Watching Guidelines Types of Whales, Wildlife

 and Scenery

 

Think dramatic, windswept shores, endless miles of

 sandy beaches, islands, hidden coves and

 swirling currents.

 

And of course, there are many types of whales in

 British Columbia, such as Orca, gray, Minke and

 humpback.

 

 Thousands of whales migrate along the BC coastline

 en routeto Alaska or back to Mexico. Pods of Orcas

(killer whales)  reside in southern Vancouver Island’s

protected,  marine-life-rich coastal waters.

 

Also be on the lookout for porpoises, seals, sea lions,

 seabirds and more.

 

 On many guided tours, onboard naturalists and

 marine biologists explain these fascinating marine

ecosystems.

 

Whale-watching near Vancouver and Victoria.

 

There’s not too many places in the world where it’s

 possible to walk to the downtown harbour of a

 capital city, don a marine suit, board a high-speed

zodiac and be sightingwhales within minutes.

 

This is the case in Victoria, and whale watching is

 just a short, convenient launch from Vancouver, too.

 

Feeding grounds are located close by BC’s two

 major cities.

 

Whale Watching on Vancouver Island and in

 Northern BC

 

BC boasts hundreds of kilometres/miles of remote inlets

 and a craggy coastline, particularly along Vancouver

 Island and in Northern BC.

 

Whale-watching operators head to secluded spots

where whales thrive, but are much too remote and

 harsh for human settlement.

www.bcadayatatime.

BC A DAY AT A TIME

 

 

CHERYL YOUNG, REALTOR, VICTORIA  B.C 

  www.cherylyoung.ca

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY BC cbythesea@shaw.ca

 

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