See up to 4 Types of Whales from 4 Departure Locations!
One of the most elusive whales in the Salish Sea.
Minke whales are one of the most mysterious marine mammals in this area, and we love them! Minkes are relatively solitary and spend their time in the Salish Sea on the search for food. They feed on schools of small baitfish. Watching a minke whale lunge feed through a bait ball is exhilarating, especially when there are multiple animals feeding in the vicinity.
The sleek mid-water feeding minke whales offer unique sights, sounds, and smells!
Minke whales can be found by smell alone - their breath is quite memorable! If you are lucky enough to catch a whiff, it is an experience you can cherish forever! Minke whales surface multiple times before they take their longer, deeper dive. The ocean definitely has quite the orchestra of unknown sounds. The Navy recorded some mysterious underwater sounds in the 1950s. It took them more than 50 years to identify those sounds as a minke whale!
A Sad History of Whaling
Minke whales were relatively “safe” during the whale era as many whalers thought they were too small to be a worthwhile catch. It hasn’t been until recent decades that whaling has been more directed to the minke whale population. Minke whales are the most widely distributed whale and due to the fact that they were overlooked during the whaling era, they are abundant. Minke whales and other marine mammals in the US are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. In the Salish Sea, we have some of the same minke whales who frequent these waters, year after year.
Learn more about the area’s wildlife and scenery.
The waters surrounding our four departure locations offer some of the most diverse whale and wildlife viewing on the west coast. Onboard each of our tours, an experienced naturalist helps identify all of the whales, wildlife, and rich history that this area holds