Whale Watching on Vancouver Island
The Port Hardy region on Vancouver Island attracts a large variety of whales and porpoise. The ocean currents converge here and develope the perfect conditions for the food source these whales depend on. Add to that the massive inbound salmon migration in the summer months. Whale watching, Photography, study and the protection of, are a bustling activity in this whole region.
You're likely to see:
Humpback Whales, Gray Whales and Minke Whales, which are resident over the summer months. They feed on small fish and crill (shrimp)
Orca( killer) whales which follow the salmon runs into the area
Pacific White Sided Dolphins tour the area in search of salmon and herring.
Harbor Porpoises, which are visible year-round and aren't much larger than a Chinook salmon.
Dahl's Porpoises which can often seen frolicking at the front of our boat and which may splash you as you lean over for a look. They can be seen feeding with the Orcas Among the most popular are the Gray Whales, which are found closer to shore. Often curious about boats and people, they come close enough that you can imagine touching them. They bulldoze the bottom straining out worms, fish and sand shrimp
The Humpback Whales breach and splash and slap their enormous pectoral and caudal fins on the surface in order to corral the small fish and shrimp they eat. An every day occurrence as we fish!
For your front-row seat on this whale playground, call Starfish Charters.