Responsible Wildlife Viewing

With the worldwide increase in wildlife viewing tours it is more important than ever to ensure that wildlife viewing is done responsibly, with little to no impact on the wildlife being viewed. Joining a guided kayak tour can be a low impact and responsible way to view whales and other wildlife.

With some knowledge and respect for wildlife, the slow speed, quiet nature, and ability to access shallow water close to shore make kayaks ideal crafts for viewing wildlife. However, these same characteristics can also cause kayakers to more easily disturb wildlife if not done properly.

The main goal when viewing any wildlife should be to ensure that our actions do not cause the animal to change their normal behaviour.  For example, from a silent kayak it is often easy to surprise sea lions hauled out on rock basking in the sun or to scare an eagle away

Marine Mammal Viewing

Our Base Camps are ideally located to view a wide range of marine mammals. A number of seal and sea lion haul outs are within a short paddle of the base camps, humpback whales regularly feed in view of the camps, and orcas travel between Johnstone Strait and Queen Charlotte Strait right past the base camps.

We often have guests asking us “when is the best time see (fill in the blank) on your base camp tours?” We always want to set the appropriate expectations with our guests of what may be seen on our kayak tours. Below is a chart of the more likely marine mammals we see each summer on our Kayak With Whales and Whales and Grizzly Bears base camp kayak tours.

Marine Mammal Viewing Calendar

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Humpback Whale Disentanglement – Fundraising Challenge!

Humpback Whale Disentanglement - Fundraising Challenge

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When Kingfisher started offering kayak tours eighteen years ago we considered ourselves fortunate to see one humpback whale a year. Since that time the humpback population has made a remarkable comeback and we now see humpback whales almost every day on our kayak tours off northern Vancouver Island. While their numbers have grown, they still face many threats and one of the most serious is getting entangled in fishing nets and gear. Entangled whales face the risk of drowning, losing the ability to feed, or getting infections as gear cuts into their flesh, all too often ending in death for the whale.

For the last three years our friends at the Marine Education and Research Society (MERS) have been present whenever possible when commercial fishing is taking place around Northeastern Vancouver Island

BC Cetacean Sightings Network – 2014 Reporting

We received a letter last week from the BC Cetacean Sightings Network thanking us for our 2014 sightings reports. Turns out we were in the top 25 of observers last year. Special thanks to our guide Sarah Hauser who did the bulk of the reporting.

BC Cetacean Sightings Network 2014 Reporting

In 2014 we mainly reported early season sightings plus sightings in areas that don’t see as much traffic or research, and less encountered species. However, with the launch of their new mobile phone app to quickly report sightings we hope to increase our reporting efforts in 2015

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