Our Early Season Wildlife Tour . . .

marine wildlife

 

Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound

& Broughton Archipelago

Humpback whale flukemature bald eagle

Starting in early May and running through June our early season wildlife tours cruise through the Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound and the myriad of islands that make up the Broughton Archipelago. Travelling out into this remote wild area we focus on the diverse wildlife that lives, feeds and breeds in these nutrient rich waters, keeping an eye out for the humpback whales that are returning each year in increasing numbers.

Each spring we are seeing more humpback whales returning to the area as they migrate back after wintering in Hawaii and Mexico to spend the summer feeding in our area. Less than two decades ago there were very few sightings of these majestic giants of the ocean now we are proudly monitoring the increase in numbers and working with local researchers to document and identify each individual whale we see.

Bald eagles build large nests to raise their young and teach them how to hunt from atop the tallest trees. Migrating bird species spend time resting and feeding before continuing their journey north in the spring and south in the fall. Seabirds number in the thousands as they congregate to feed on the abundant fish population.

Steller sea lions haul out on the rocky islands between feeding on migrating salmon and other fish species. 
Harbour seals are common and start having their pups in mid-June.

We are always on the lookout for the transient/Bigg's killer whales as they patrol the area looking for seals, dolphins and porpoises to feed on. These whales have huge ranges and are constantly traversing the area but they are stealthy hunters and can be challenging to locate.

Leaping Pacific white-sided dolphinsIn recent years we are witnessing larger numbers of Pacific white-sided dolphins returning to the area. They like to travel in large groups and its not uncommon to see between 300 to 400 all swimming together as they feed and play. We have on occasions seen groups of over 1,000 dolphins come through the region.