Outside of our beautiful harbour is a large body of water called the Juan De Fuca Strait. Not only is this home to some of the most beautiful coastline in the world, the rugged southern tip of Vancouver Island also supports a nutrient filled, cool water environment where an amazingly rich and diverse animal ecosystem thrives.
Victoria, B.C. is globally renowned for consistent orca/killer whale sightings. This city is perfectly situated to encounter Biggs/Transient (mammal-eating) killer whales that frequent the area year-round and often travel past Victoria on their way in-and-out of the area in search of their preferred prey: seals, sea lions and porpoise. We are also directly in the middle of the seasonal feeding grounds of the southern resident (fish-eating) killer whales. J, K, & L pod (75 total whales as of March 2019) return each year to cooperatively feed on salmon that are returning to the rivers to spawn each fall.
What’s more is that we’re also witnessing a spectacular revival in humpback whale and gray whale sightings. Hunted to only 10% of their former numbers by 1960, humpback whales are again returning to this coastal environment to seasonally feed on bait-sized fish and abundant plankton. Together with researchers and other whale watching companies, we have been able to photo-document over 400 humpback whales (as of 2018). These ‘gentle giants’ are often encountered from May-December with the greatest concentrations appearing in late August and September.