Encountering, viewing, photographing, and learning about whales, dolphins, and porpoises (collectively known as Cetaceans) is always an exciting part of during our expeditions. Fortunately, the BC coast is home to an incredible diversity of cetaceans and we enjoy frequent encounters with these charismatic marine mammals. In particular, the BC coast is famous for its abundant populations of killer whales (“Orca”), as well as gray, humpback, fin, and even sperm whales. Pacific white-sided dolphins and Dall’s porpoises are also frequent and playful visitors during our expeditions.
Whale and dolphin highlights for our guests always include any encounter, no matter how brief, with the iconic Killer whales of the BC coast, known for their very small population sizes, close-knit family groups, distinct dialects, and specializations on either fish or other marine mammals.
Chance encounters with humpbacks whales, currently making a huge recovery on the BC coast, can also be very exciting when they are launching themselves out of the water with full-body breaches, or large groups are engaged in “bubble-net” social feeding. And, we’ve even been lucky enough to encounter sperm whales, Risso’s dolphins, and the Offshore ecotype of killer whales off the west coast of Haida Gwaii.
As with all of our wildlife viewing activities, we take a conservative and sustainable approach to viewing these incredible animals and enjoy the opportunity to view and learn about them in the wild.