Conservation

Environmental Stewardship is one of our core values, both above and below the ocean’s surface. Our mission is to work for the protection of all wildlife as we encourage our guests to explore, become more involved in education, conservation, and sustainability.
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We are a Transport Canada authorized whale watching company

The Government of Canada together with the whale watching community are formulating strategies in an effort to assist with recovery measures of the endangered Southern Resident Orcas. These measures include preserving the critically low numbers of Chinook Salmon, the SRKW sole food source, and ensuring that vessel traffic is minimized. To assist with these efforts, as an authorized whale watching company we do not engage in the viewing of SRKW, however with an abundance of marine mammals in this region, the Transient (Biggs) Killer Whales populations are very healthy.

The agreement between the Government of Canada and Big Animal Encounters means that we are allowed to view both Transient (Biggs) as well as Northern Resident Killer Whales at a safe distance of 200 metres, opposed to the standard vessel approach distance of 400 metres.

Campbell River Association of Tour Operators

We are on the Board of Directors for the Campbell River Association of Tour Operators. This local organization is key to ensuring that it’s members operate at the highest regulatory standards for safety.

Wild Ocean Whales Society

Since 2010, WOW’s marine conservation society has been working to highlight the whales, dolphins and porpoise of the BC coast, and to raise public awareness, respect and enthusiasm for their protection and welfare. Big Animal Encounters is a proud supporter of this valuable volunteer run organization

Be Whale Wise Guidelines

To maintain Skipper status with Big Animal Encounters, our vessel crew undergo annual training which includes Whale Wise Guidelines. These important guidelines help us to preserve the health of the marine mammals we are fortunate enough to share the waters with.

Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings

From Comox, BC., Nicky and her family started the Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings Facebook page 6 years ago.The goal is to share real time sightings of the amazing wildlife this beautiful Island has to offer and promote shore based viewing opportunities and increased awareness of our local marine inhabitants With tens of thousands of members, the vast amount of information received helps to contribute to the tracking, research and understanding of these beautiful beings from gentle giants to tiny birds. https://www.facebook.com/Comoxvalleywildlifesightings