Great News for Whale Watchers in Campbell River!


Guaranteed Whale Watching, and Big Animal sightings are the result of increased food supply in the Salish Sea.

Resident, Transient Orca, Grey and Humpback Whales are becoming part of the landscape for Campbell River visitors.
As a rule, they only frequent these waters between April and October each year to feed on Salmon, Krill, Herring, or Seals.

These varieties of whales have shown some new territorial behaviours over the past 12 months’. In 2021, more humpback whales stayed in the Desolation sound region instead of returning to Hawaii to breed. Several pods of Orca were seen with baby calfs on tow and a high volume of seals have been visible in the area over the past three years. This all adds up to more food.

This could coincide with the changes to Salmon fishing regulations since 2018 for British Columbia, with the introduction of catch and release policies between May to July 15th. Salmon food sources have increased such as, krill, herring, crabs and prawns. All five species of the salmon population have started to replenish and as a result the area population of Transient Orca, Humpback Whales, White Sided Dolphins, Bears, Eagles, Seals, Sea Lions and many more favour the region and the waters around North Vancouver Island.

Go where the Whales GO!

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