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Southern Resident Orcas

July 13, 2018

To begin our afternoon tour we headed south east towards what we know as Constance Bank, a common area to find humpback whales. Once we stopped and scanned for a while we were able to spot a blow and get some great looks at a humpback. In this area it is called the ‘whale highway’ […]

Resident Orcas & Humpback Whales

July 12, 2018

During our morning tour we headed East, passing by Trial and Discovery island and heading towards San Juan island. Trial island got its name from the Navy using it as a test run for their vessels sea worthiness, they would come out of the harbour, around trial, and back. If the boat was successful on […]

Transient Killer Whales

July 10, 2018

What a magical day out on the Salish Sea! July 10th provided incredible sunshine, calm seas, and spectacular wildlife. Our first trips of the day started off by heading east out of Victoria harbour towards San Juan Island. We had received radio information about potential killer whale sightings and went straight in that direction. The […]

Bald Eagles, Humpback Whales, Seals & Sea Lions

July 8, 2018

Sunday was a spectacular day for whale watching. On calm seas and under sunny skies, we headed south into Juan de Fuca Strait. We had reports of humpback whales a few miles southeast of Race Rocks. There were at least 4 humpback whales in the area. We spent most of our time with a very […]

Harbour Porpoises, Seals, Sea Lions & Humpback Whales

July 7, 2018

It was a wonderfully calm morning on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the best conditions to spot all kinds of critters in the sea. As we made out way south towards the Olympic Peninsula we suddenly stopped because we came across Harbour Porpoises surfacing everywhere! Naturalists on board have never seen harbour porpoises swimming […]

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

July 6, 2018

This morning, we headed out aboard the Pacific Explorer into Juan de Fuca Strait in search of orcas and other cetaceans. The number of humpback whales in the Salish Sea has been increasing dramatically in recent days and within minutes of leaving the harbour, we had reports of humpback whales near Beechey Head. We arrived […]

Humpback Whales & Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

July 5, 2018

On our morning tour we traveled south west towards the beautiful Olympic Mountain Range in search of wildlife. As we headed across the strait of Juan de Fuca we were able to spot a humpback! Humpbacks are here feeding during the summer months, about 1-2 tons of food a day, to prepare for the mating […]

Ollie the Sea Otter & Humpback Whale

June 30, 2018

This morning, we headed out aboard the Pacific Explorer with news of a humpback whale only minutes from the harbour. We spent some time watching the large humpback whale foraging near the Trial Island lighthouse before heading venturing southwest to see what else we could find. Race Rocks was great today, with dozens of harbour […]

Seals, Sea Lions, Sea Otter & Transient Orcas

June 29, 2018

Friday was an incredible day for whale watching on the Salish Sea. It began with an early morning trip on the Orca Spirit II. With reports of humpback whales near Sooke, we headed in that direction. However, as we entered Race Passage, we were in for a surprise as we spotted a group of Bigg´s […]

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