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Jamie's whale watching

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Jamie's whale watching

Any ideas on the success rates of whale sightings for this company? The eastern side of the island seem to post very high sightings. Four hundred dollars is an expensive boat ride if there are no whales. Any insight?

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1. Re: Jamie's whale watching

Here's what I know and I am not affiliated with any tourism operators... I just live here :) :

1) Jamie's Whale Watching company is the best on the west coast - last time I went with them the boat had to come to a complete stop because we were surrounded by grey whales

2) everything is dependent on what time of year you are visiting

3) If its orcas you want to see: There are 80-85 orcas living in southern waters and over 200 living in the northern waters

4) If you go to Telegraph Cove w/ Stubbs Island Whale Watching in August and early September you have about a 99% chance you are going to see something. They are (in my opinion) the best on the island. You can track their sightings log: http://stubbs-island.com/blog/

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2. Re: Jamie's whale watching

Over the years I've seen many more different types of Cetacea and overall greater numbers of Cetacea on the Outside-it is the open Pacific after all.

If you're counting pennies then go to the Aquarium and see the sad caged animals.

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3. Re: Jamie's whale watching

Wildlife is unpredicatable, but the success rate is quite high. That being said, Jamies offers a guaranteed sighting policy. If you don't see a whale, they give you boarding passes for another trip. They have had people use them even 10 years later. We have a permanent population of Grey Whales and Humpbacks and we have transient Orcas here every 2 or 3 weeks. Plus, in Spring and Fall, there is another, migratory population of Grey Whales that travel past the West Coast of Vancouver Island, between Alaska and Baja.

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