Since it’s Thanksgiving weekend, I’m going to shoutout good days spent with family. Whether it be randomly driving to Cypress a few days ago with my sister, going for a bike ride along the River with my dad or a random adventure with my mom, I’m so grateful for days like these.
At the beginning of this month, on September 6th, I took my mom whale watching. This had been something on her list for quite some time now so I figured, why not do it for her birthday? The past few years I’ve been trying to do experiences with people instead of giving gifts and it’s so rewarding.
So we got tickets for the tour starting at noon & arrived about 15 min before. That gave us enough time to sign in at their office then head to the boat. The tour was approx 3 hr 40 min but it can differ between 3-5 per tour. Our boat was the Explorathor which is open all around which was great for sightseeing & you were able to ferry move throughout the boat. In just under an hr we had already spotted a pod of 6 orcas (killer whales)!!
* Fun fact: Males stick with their moms their whole life & it’s hard for them to survive without them.
What’s neat about a tour is that you get all the information about the whales you see & you can hear the whales communicate through the hydrophone technology. Hearing the whales in real time while watching them play in the distance was magical!!
* Fun fact: Whales often communicate after their finished eating/ while they play since they’re silent while hunting.
We followed the pod, from a distance, for the majority of the time. Throughout this time they hunted, ate, played & swam quite a distance.
* Fun fact: Whales don’t need much sleep & whole they sleep only half of their brain is resting so they can still focus on staying afloat.
What’s neat is that different tour companies communicate with each other so everyone can be apart of the experience. Researchers have data on the different pods which the tour companies have access to & shared with us. Below is a pictograph of the pod we followed. The mama is Volker (1994) then her “babies” are Inyo (2007), Inky (2009), Spinnaker (2013), Crinkle (2015) and most recently one more last year.
This post is not sponsored, I just wanted to share a fun adventure you can do with your friends/family if you’re looking for something unique & have a few extra dollars to spare. We thought it was so worth it & such a neat opportunity to try at least once! Definitely recommend to anyone, feel free to message me with any questions.
- Arrive a bit early to claim the seat you want
- Wear layers as it can get chilly out on the water
- Bring snacks and/or an easy to eat lunch!
- Bring a camera if you have one, phones work but you can’t get any good content
- Someone on our tour brought binoculars, I wish we had & brought a pair!!!
Hope this gave you a new idea to add to your list!! Thank you for reading & thanks to Vancouver Whale Watch as well as the GM for giving me permission to use their gallery photos.
Sending love around the world,