Responsible Whale Watching
We've come a long way from the 1950's when the U.S. Air Force used killer whales off the coast of Iceland for target practice, using machine guns, rockets and depth charges to slaughter several thousand animals, because fishermen complained that the whales were destroying their nets. As late as 1964, the Air Force used them as targets for strafing runs in the Atlantic. The popularity of the movie "Free Willy" has brought the plight of the killer whale into the public's conscience and while their numbers continue to be questionable, the focus is now on protection rather than slaughter.
We are proud members of the Pacific Whale Watching Association (PWWA). This is an innovative group of companies who are committed & dedicated to responsible educational wildlife viewing. With the annual collaboration of ‘mainstream’ scientists, researchers and governing bodies we have developed an extensive set of 'Be Whale Wise' viewing guidelines for the ethical operation of all types of vessels around the Orcas and other wildlife. Following these guidelines will help ensure the continued safety and happiness of the whales, so that wildlife enthusiasts of all ages will be able to marvel at their magnificence.
We work with purpose and passion on behalf of all wildlife, encouraging our guests to become more involved in the education and conservation of a sustainable, healthy, and more balanced marine eco-system.
When considering an eco-adventure company for your marine excursion in Victoria, please remember to do your 'due diligence' and take note of the following:
A Respectful Whale Watch Company Will
Put the animals first
Follow Enforceable Whale Watching Regulations
Have adequate safety provisions
Offer superior standards of customer service & care
This includes honest advertising of what passengers can expect from the trip whale sightings, guarantees, overall quality of product, true safety records every aspect of the trip should be professional, which means: a fair ticket price relative to the experience "you get what you paid for"
- many extras provided
- comprehensive wildlife viewing experience
- a clean vessel
- the crew should be friendly, knowledgeable, and polite.
- cancellations due to adverse sea and weather conditions (be careful, some companies will not cancel trips.),
- find out whether there is a policy of refunding fares or offering free places on a future trip.
Have an on-board biologist/naturalist
This is really important and can make the difference between just a "boat ride" and a really memorable experience! Your tour guide should offer you:
a lively, entertaining & educational commentary on the various species of whales you are hoping to see, as well as the other marine wildlife in the area.
be a passionate conservationist
be knowledgeable about any threats facing local marine wildlife or their habitat.
will also be able to interpret the behaviour of the whales and wildlife being observed and this can really add to your understanding and enjoyment of the experience.
Protect the whales future
... with a comprehensive environmental program
reduce your carbon footprint on the water by:
erase your carbon footprint off the water: