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2020 Vancouver Whale Watching Season – The Highlights

humpback whale tail fluke

Well, this year has been a bit different. We began our year as we usually would, gearing things up for the busy spring and summer season and then our business and the season as we knew it changed significantly due to COVID.

We are so lucky to have the support of our community who have been sharing, commenting, and sending us messages of care and support. Although the tourism season got off to a late start, we are so happy and very lucky that we were able to welcome some of our guests back and be a part of your summer memories.

So, we would like to thank those who joined us this summer and those of you who will join us next year, by recapping some of our favourite memories from this summer. There were too many for one blog, so we have split the season’s highlights into a three-part blog series; the first will highlight our favourite humpback whale sightings of the season.


Top Humpback Whale Sightings of the Season

The beauty of living in BC is the opportunity we have to see many different types of whales and other wildlife right in our backyard – or ocean. So, considering that the southern BC / Washington population of humpback whales is estimated between 200-400 whales, it’s a big deal to see one. Although our humpback whale sightings are frequent, it is still amazing to see the looks on our guests’ faces when they witness them for the first time – and to hear the squeals of delight!

 Humpback Sighting in Georgia Straight

This was such a great photo opp for this family who got to capture the perfect humpback tail fluke.

Humpback Heather and Calf

Humpback whale Heather and her calf were spotted off East Point at Saturna Island on June 14th. The first video is of the calf breaching.


In this video, mom, Heather, is with her calf. Heather’s other names are Killer and also Quattro, inspired by the marks on the left side of her fluke that looks like a 4. Can you see it?

Humpback Breach Caught on Camera by Siamak Saadatmand

The team at White Rock Sea Tours has a passion for whales, the water, and our guests. We really appreciate it when our guests take the time to send us a note of thanks. We also really appreciate it when our guests send us photos and videos from their time with us, as we love to share them with our followers. Siamak Saadatmand shared this amazing shot that he took when he was out with us in August.

a whale jumping out of the water

Photo courtesy of Siamak Saadatmand

Playful Humpbacks

When you’re on a whale watching tour, you want to get the perfect shot, but you don’t want it at the expense of spending the day looking through your camera – because you might miss something great! (Read our blog on whale watching tips and getting the perfect shot). It’s also tricky to know where exactly to point the camera. Luckily for us, the cameras were out just in time to capture these great shots of some playful Humpbacks in August.


Almost missed this shot, but luckily the camera was out just in time to capture this breach.

Best Humpback sighting on the web

Now that we’ve shared our top sightings, it’s worth sharing one from the web that we thought was amazing. This video shows a priceless moment shared between a dad and daughter on their fishing trip in Newfoundland. If you haven’t seen this, the look on the daughter’s face is priceless.


If you have a photo or video that you would like to share with us, we would love to see it! Email it to us or tag us!

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Check back later for our second blog of the 2020 Vancouver Whale Watching Season three-part blog series that will highlight the orca sightings for the season.

To book a trip, visit us onlinecontact us or call us at 604.868.1755 if you have any questions.

See you on the water!