Whale Watching Reports

Daily Whale Watching Notes

Each day we request one of our guests to fill out the daily Whale Watching Report. You could be next.

Here's a listing of our reports from the current season.

Date: 30/Sep/13

Report by: Patricia Wilder

From: New Westminster, BC


Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) Its the season finale for the Naiad as Bill and Donna Mackay are wrapping up season 2013. After an interesting windstorm the previous day, today the winds ceased, the skies had intermittent sunshine and the humpbacks took over the day. Wow  you know youve got a good shot when you can see a humpbacks tongue and what could be tonsils! Open mouthed lunge feeding was the definite highlight. Actually, it appeared to be more of an alternate form of lunge feeding; mouth wide open, sometimes twirling in a circle as herring tried to avoid being eaten. Some humpbacks merely kept mouths open  trolling along like a live fishing net, closing their jaws when their version of a net was full. It was quite amazing to see. Also managed to see the sea lions who were quite active today as some may have been fishing, taking cues from the humpbacks. Also a wide array of birds but Ill let an expert describe which species since Im not an expert in that category. Lots of British visitors on board who I believe had an incredible humpback whale experience. Now where have those orcas gotten to?? Road tripping, I guess. Additional Comments: Thank you to Bill and Donna Mackay for their wonderful trips, hospitality and knowledge of our ocean friends. So thats a wrap for whale season 2013 as the Naiad has a slight rest from hauling around the devoted whale and dolphin people of the world. Blessings to all! Stay tuned for season 2014!

Date: 24/Sep/13

Report by: William & Carol McCarty

From: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho


Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) Mystery voyage commanded by Captain Bill & The Boss! Saw: 25 humpback whales, infinite number of dolphins, harbour seals, Steller sea lions, birds  eagles (4), sea gulls (mucho), ducks, many kinds. Additional Comments: Had a great adventure, and really enjoyed the mushroom soup! Happy with the amazing sun and cloud-scape. Thank you for the memories and photos!

Date: 21/Sep/13

Report by: Mary Bluhm

From: Corpus Christi, TX, USA


Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) Out to Weynton Pass and Blackfish Sound and beyond. Saw sea lions, and one ostracized one who was apparently on time out for bad behaviour. A harbour seal, lots of sea birds and humpback whales. The humpbacks performed wonderfully, teasing us with blows and tails in the air. Saw an eagle nest but no eagles. Saw Pultney Point Lighthouse on Malcolm Island too. Additional Comments: Had chanterelle mushroom soup and bun for a great lunch. This is the only place we can eat chanterelle mushrooms  cant get them fresh at home, only dried. Thanks for a lovely day!

Date: 20/Sep/13

Report by: Theatre Group

From: Finland


Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) Best things were definitely all animals  sea lions, dolphins, bald eagles, and humpback whales! Weather was a bit rainy, but not too bad. No heavy wind. Additional Comments: Soup excellent! As well as cakes! Thanks to friendly crew.

Date: 18/Sep/13

Report by: John & Mary Whittaker

From: UK


Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) Steller sea lions, bald eagles, many, many orcas, humpback whales and a sooty shearwater. Additional Comments: Fantastic day  plenty of time to watch the wildlife. We were lucky to have Marie on board; she and Bill gave us so much information. The food was so good and most welcome. A very friendly tour.

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