Campbell River Whale Watching and Adventure Tours

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Monday, December 14, 2009

December 14, 2009

Good afternoon from the Float House in Discovery Harbour Marina

The first real snowfall this afternoon in Campbell River!

Crossing to Quadra Island on the ferry this afternoon we saw a large group of Transient Orca heading south. Not sure of the total number but somewhere between 6 and 8 (possibly more) with 2 young calves in the group. No camera (sorry no picture) or binuculars to figure out who they were but Jared Towers, a researcher from the Port Hardy area, had a similiar group a few days ago.
Lots of playful behavior along the Quadra shore line with a bit of foraging behavior but no signs of a meal. The Orca must be enjoying the "quietness" of the waterways at this time of the year as other than the ferry, there where no boats in sight!

I hope you get to spend some quality time with family over the Christams holidays.

The best of health and happiness in the New year!

Hurricane Jack
Campbell River Whale Watching

Monday, December 7, 2009

December 6th, 2009

Good afternoon from the Float House in Discovery Harbour Marina

Beautiful day here in Campbell River but very cool next to the water!
Transient Orca seen today heading north in Discovery passage about 1:00 pm. What looked like a group of 6 animals with one small calf, grouped up together and heading north very quickly with the tide. Not sure who they were with only one mature male in the group. (no distinctive markings)

Word from Garret in the reasch vessel to the north of us, near the top of Vancouver Island. He had some Resident Orca, A36's (the 3 mature males) and A12, just north of Port Hardy heading south yesterday. What are the chances that we would see them later this week? Very slim but they may come into Johnstone Strait searching for some of those very late Chum Salmon that I hear are still heading towards their spawning rivers. The weather calls for colder temperatures and calm winds. Perfect for those wildlife enthusiasts or maybe just for some of those wonderful prawns I see coming in lately.

How all is well with the Christmas cheer. I can't believe it is getting so close already.


Hurricane Jack
Campbell River Whale Watching