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Odd Orcas: These Outliers are a Little Different From the Others

August 20, 2019

Something magical was spotted in the water off the coast of British Columbia near Victoria, BC. A frequent spot for interested travellers and locals alike, Canada’s west coast boasts incredible views of orca whales travelling between southern California and Alaska. During the prime summer months of May through September, the activity picks up big time. […]

What To Expect On Your First Whale Watching Adventure

August 6, 2019

I can’t remember if I was more nervous or excited the night before I went on my first whale watching adventure. Surely I was excited – I’d grown up obsessing over whales and I was hours away from seeing them in their natural habitat for the first time. However, part of me was concerned. I’d […]

3 Reasons Why This is the Summer You Finally Go Whale Watching

July 30, 2019

The sun is shining here in Western Canada as we celebrate the start of another all-too-brief summer. Most of the country takes its sweet time getting to this point, and the long days only last so long, so let’s focus on what we do have instead of what we don’t: the opportunity for adventure! One […]

Is Victoria, BC The Whale Watching Capital of the World?

July 23, 2019

The amount of knowledge the international orca research community has gained in the past decade or so has taught us more about orca whales than everything we learned throughout the 20th century. From their unique dialects to their familial structure, we know now that we have more in common with these magical marine mammals than […]

Port Renfrew Whale Watching Report: American Mink

June 26, 2019

Meet the American mink, a semi-aquatic species of mustelid native to North America. The American mink is a carnivore that feeds on rodents, fish, crustaceans, frogs, and birds. On land, the mink moves by a bounding gate, with speeds up to 6.5km/h. It also climbs trees and swims well. During swimming the mink propels itself […]

Port Renfrew Whale Watching Report: Humpback Whales & Pacific White-Sided Dolphins

June 12, 2019

  A short 2-hour drive North West of Victoria takes you to true west coast wilderness. Here in Port Renfrew, we are kicking off our third season of whale watching. As the only ocean wildlife operator in the area your sure to get an intimate, once in a lifetime adventure!   Join us down on […]

The Evolution of Whales Part One: A Swim Through Geological Time

April 8, 2019

Sometimes our whale watching guides in Victoria get asked questions on tours about ‘how whales came to be’? How long have they been roaming our oceans?  Who are their ancestors? The discovery of fossils from around the world has unraveled the mysteries of how whales evolved and adapted to become the world’s largest animals who […]

The Whale Scat Sniffing Canines of the Salish Sea

April 1, 2019

Did you know that the waters of the Pacific Northwest are considered to have the highest concentration of killer whales in the world?  Whale watching tours leaving Victoria are filled with the sights of several species of whales including two types of orcas, humpbacks, minke whales and grey whales. With so many cetaceans found in […]

The Story of Tumbo – The Killer Whale with Scoliosis

March 25, 2019

When you go whale watching off the shores of Victoria and south Vancouver Island, you may get a chance to see a very unique whale named Tumbo. Tumbo or T2C2 as he is scientifically named, has scoliosis which causes his spine to curve. Because his spine is deformed, he has a very wavy dorsal fin […]

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