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posted by: Poet's Cove Resort & Spa on: December 19, 2016
killer whales pender island

So, you love nature, but your sea-legs are a little wobbly? Don’t worry, because Pender Island boasts a great selection of points where you can spot whales from the shore – without ever jumping aboard a boat.
 
Keep your eyes peeled for the Southern Resident Killer Whale clan. The community in the area consists of one clan and three pods. Together that makes up around 80 individual whales. Within each pod, families form into sub-pods centred around the older females – usually the grandmothers or great-grandmothers. All of the offspring remain in close contact with their mothers during their whole life.
 
These whales are critically endangered due to their population size, reliance on threatened Chinook salmon runs from prey, high levels of pollution and sensitivity to boat disturbance.
 
So viewing from the shore is most definitely the kinder option, as Killer Whales are intelligent mammals that communicate, locate their prey and navigate using vocalization. Heavy ship traffic and sonar can disrupt and confuse them.
 
The best time to spot them from Pender is during the summer and according to Pender Ocean Defenders (POD), the best places to see these magnificent creatures from land are: Port Washington, Grimmer Bay, Roe Islet, Thieves Bay and Oaks Bluff on North Pender Island and Drummond Bay and Gowlland Point on South Pender Island.
 
Seals, otters and deer are also common sights - and the bird-watching is amazing.
 
If you see a whale or dolphin, report your sighting to the BC Cetacean Sighting Network 1-866-472-9663. Your sightings will help researchers better understand and protect cetaceans in BC.
 
The beautifully-designed West Coast-style lodge at Poets Cove Resort and Spa boasts stunning ocean views and sunsets. At the end of a good day’s whale-watching you can relax on your private patio or balcony and watch the boats gently bobbing in the resort’s private marina in sparkling Bedwell Harbour.
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