Pedder Bay Marina

Victoria, B.C.

The Strait of Juan de Funca connects the inland waters of the Salish Sea to the Pacific Ocean and serves as the main hihway for shipping traffic in British Columbia and Washington State. This busy waterway is also home to many cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), including an endangered population of salmon-eating killer whales known as the southern residents and a threatened population of mammal-eating killer whales known as Bigg’s (transients). Both populations of killer whales are impacted by vessels in many ways: when vessels get too close, they can increase the risk of collision and disrupt group cohesion, resting, and foragin. Exposure to underwater noise from vessels can also impede their ability to communicate and find food.

Which animals can you expect to see?

COMMONLY SEEN

OCCASIONALLY SEEN