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: 21/Dec/14

Report by: Mackay's

From: Port McNeill, BC

 

We wish everyone a very merry Christmas and all the best of the holiday season with loved ones and friends! May the next year bring you joy!

Date: 30/Sep/14

Report by: Mackay family

From: Port McNeill, BC

 

Today was our final whale watching tour for the 2014 season and the wildlife viewing was fantastic! Sea lions, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Leach's petrels, fork-tailed storm petrels, common murres, lunge-feeding and "fishing" humpback whales and then, on the way home, to put the whole day over the top, a group of six transient killer whales just off Port McNeill! Thank you to all who came out with us this year, and we look forward to seeing you all in our 2015 season! If you look back in our archived reports, you can see that the resident killer whales have been arriving somewhat late (around July 7) and leaving earlier than usual (this year, on September 17, last seen at 9 pm exiting from Malcolm Island to the west). If they don't have their prey of choice (Chinook and Chum salmon), they won't stay. The one constant we've had are the glorious humpback whales! And the increasing sightings of transient killer whales. Every day is different, and every year is somewhat different - let's hope that 2015 is better for the resident killer whales and their prey!

Date: 18/Sep/14

Report by: Carol Sykes

From: Port Moody, BC

 

Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) We saw sea lions chillin on the rocks and the first humpbacks of the day, 3 of them breaching. We then zoomed over to another spot where whales were all around us! We saw jaws poking up, tails, and big backs and blowing. We could hear them before seeing them. The highlight was two tails flapping in time with each other. Then we had lunch and zoomed off to find orca. We listened but didnt hear them. But then suddenly there were Dalls porpoises all around the boat, playing in the waves! Yahoo! A great day! Additional Comments: The soup was great and Captain Bill was terrific leading up into the whale places. Thank you.

Date: 15/Sep/14

Report by: Mireille

From: Quebec City, Canada

 

Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) We saw two groups of orcas, at least 4 humpback whales, many dolphins bugging the whales. At the end of the trip we saw sea lions hauled out on an islet; they smell bad. And just before getting back to Port McNeill we saw a young black bear on the beach. Additional Comments: The day was amazing, sunny and funny. The crew, Donna and Bill, are friendly and awesome.

Date: 14/Sep/14

Report by: Janice Caton

From: Courtenay, BC

 

Trip Highlights: (where we went, what we saw, etc.) Had an amazing day  saw many playful dolphins  jumping and frolicking through the water. Also saw a group of Steller sea lions; but the highlight was the time spent watching a group of orcas; saw them breaching, playing and rubbing themselves on the beach. We were able to hear their vocals and also rubbing against the pebbles. Additional Comments: As we left the dock, the weather was calm and sunny; shortly we hit a patch of short-lived fog; it lifted to an amazing family of orcas. The hosts are awesome (Bill and Donna), extremely knowledgeable about the history of orcas; lunch was great. The northern part of Vancouver Island is a must to visit  the scenery is beautiful. And I would definitely recommend a day on the water with Mackay Whale Watching.
 

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