This is a website about humpback in Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. It features an online catalog of over 600 humpback whales seen in the region since 1994. You can also download a PDF version of the humpback catalog produced in 2015.

Click to download the catalog

Click to download the catalog

Report a match

If you photograph a humpback whale that matches one in the catalog, or you have a new photo to contribute, we want to hear from you. Report a sighting. (All photos are credited.)


We appreciate the photos contributed by researchers, naturalists and wildlife observers in Clayoquot Sound, Barkley Sound and beyond.

  • Peter Schulze
  • Jim Darling
  • Wendy Szaniszlo
  • Jason Feaver
  • Robin Orr
  • Eugene Stewart
  • Randy Frank
  • Richard Chiovitti
  • Tony Heald
  • John Forde
  • Howard Tom
  • Leigh Hilbert
  • Erica Beauchamp
  • Wildfred Atleo
  • Wayne Tom
  • Jacqueline Windh
  • Anthony Bergson
  • P Fensterer
  • Sarah McArthur
  • Maris McDonald
  • Ceara Mullin
  • Mark Wiertsema
  • Don Travers
  • T Winer
  • Benj Youngson
  • Alethea Leddy
  • Jim Maya
  • Mark Malleson
  • Jennifer Cedarleaf
  • Jackie Hildering
  • Christie McMillan
  • Janie Wray

ClayoquotWhales.ca is a project of

The Pacific WildLife Foundation 


This project is supported by:

Remote Passages

Jamie's Whaling Station

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust

Ocean Outfitters



We thank all the businesses, organizations and individuals in Clayoquot Sound and Barkley Sound that participated and assisted in this project over time, including the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, Jamie’s Whaling Station, Ocean Outfitters, Remote Passages Marine Excursions, and The Whale Centre. Denise Undorf at Remote Passages assisted with the processing of ID photographs and Ande Down assisted with the development of the online catalog.

Special thanks to Rod Palm and Strawberry Isle Research Society.