2018 Whales and Wildlife Update
Winter snowpack in the mountains is LARGE this year, 2018. Why does this matter. Well, history has shown that when we have a solid snowpack in the coastal mountains we get a constant flow of water in rivers all summer. This means more fish can go you river sooner and consequently more salmon show up in Johnstone Strait attracting more Orca. Often when the winters are colder and provide lots of snowfall, our corresponding summers are calm and warm, somedays even hot.
UPDATE: As of May 15th we now have (6) six humpback whales, one with playful calf, dozens of Dols Propoise and a passing of fourteen transient orca looking for seal pups. Eagles, herons and diving ducks are all showing increasing numbers. Weather is very sunny but I fear we will pay for this sometime in June.
This early Spring we have had our first sighting in years of a sperm whale is the waters around Hansen Island. We expect that the number of humpback whales will increase this summer if the projection for feed is correct. We are always amazed by the return of resident orca pods to the Strait. The baby orcas are few but remain an inspiration to all of us.
This summer will be a large run of one of species of salmon and therefore all predators that eat salmon will also show up in large numbers. So wildlife viewing should be great. Our kayak destinations might have a few more logs on the rugged beaches due to the winter storms but the higher tides will cause beaches to cleanse themselves.
All and all should be a super summer. Your invited!
It is shaping up to be a great summer! This season started with the sighting of several humpback whales, coming in to the area earlier than usual to the waters of Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound.
Orcalab have reported the whales have been quite active this winter. They have been recording vocalizations of passing whales in the immediate area off the lab in Blackfish Sound.
Orca pods, A24’s and A25’s were reported in the area during early January 2016.
Jared Towers from MERS reported transient Orcas in the area off Alert Bay during December. The whales were hunting most of the time he observed them.
Whale activity in the Southern Pods seems to be in a state of recovery with numerous new calves reported monthly. This is great news for the Southern Pod numbers.
A recent video on YouTube shows Southern Pod Whales visiting a nearby beach off Vancouver Island where they choose to play along the shoreline for an hour or more.
These are usual Orca behaviours rarely caught on camera or cell phone.
Check it out on YouTube or at our Facebook Page, “Discovery Orca Sea Kayaking Expeditions.”
Over the past years we have experienced everything known to folks in the paddling community. The picture of this two-year-old black bear at the launch ramp in Telegraph Cove Resorts reminds us all that wildlife is everywhere, so keep your eyes and ears open!
This bear’s appearance was a great start to another group’s memorable trip in Johnstone Strait.
For the past two summers, we have had the pleasure of seeing one lone male sea otter frequent the waters of Blackfish Sound and Queen Charlotte Sound. He appears when you least expect it, most often alone.
This is a great sign for the future for our area. What would be better is to have a female sea otter move into one of the islets off Spring Passage and start a family.Our groups are constantly on alert to see more of these furry guys and girls in our waters for 2016.