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Victoria Whale Watching Report: 3 Humpback Whales & Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

October 15, 2019

10am Tour! Guests and crew were eager to start our whale watching adventure this morning as we boarded the Orca Spirit and entered the Juan de Fuca Strait. We started our search for puffy, white blows, fins and splashes by heading south and west towards the Olympic Pennisula of Washington. We moved west of Race […]

Victoria Whale Watching Report: The Pinnipeds of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve & More!

October 13, 2019

Morning Tour!   On this trip, we got to visit a few ecological reserves, starting with Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. This is one of the only Pinniped haul-out sites in the world with four different species that are regular there. Race Rocks is home to Harbour Seals, Californian Sea Lions, Steller Sea Lions, and in […]

Victoria Whale Watching Report: “T-Party”, An Epic Gathering Of Mammal-Hunting Killer Whales!

October 12, 2019

10AM Tour! Our whale watching tours this October continues to be very successful when it comes to viewing wildlife. Today we were in for a treat with reports of mammal-hunting killer whales known as Bigg’s or Transient orcas, south of the city of Victoria. We cruised in that direction and started to see the tall, […]

Victoria Whale Watching Report: Humpback Whales, Harbour Seals & Ollie The Sea Otter

October 11, 2019

2pm Tour! The afternoon ended up being beautifully sunny and low winds prevailed. We cruised out of the Victoria Harbour and aimed southwest in the Juan de Fuca Strait. With such clear skies, we had excellent views of the Olympic Mountain range and Mount Baker was visible to the east, with its giant snow-capped peak!  […]

Victoria Whale Watching Report: Mouflon Sheep, A Minke Whale and a Daring Bald Eagle!

October 11, 2019

MORNING TOUR! We were enjoying the blue skies and sunshine this morning as we moved east of Victoria into Haro Strait. We then turned north to check out who might be swimming amongst the Gulf and San Juan Islands. We made a quick stop at Mandarte Island to see the bird sanctuary where cormorants build […]

Victoria Whale Watching Report: Humpback Whales, Sea Lions & Ollie The Sea Otter!

October 10, 2019

2pm tour! While on our way out of the harbor this afternoon, we spotted an Ocean Clean Up vessel collecting debris. It is quite amusing watching how they complete these big debris removals. This also provided a great conversation towards the need for changes in our ecosystems. While traveling south, we spotted blows of a […]

Victoria Whale Watching Report: Ollie The Sea Otter & A Humpback Whale!

October 9, 2019

2PM TOUR This afternoon we headed west following a call from another vessel regarding wildlife. Our initial destination point was quite a drive away, however, we were able to find animals closer. While pointed southwest, just past Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, we could see blows of a humpback. In our area, we have had an […]

Victoria Whale Watching Report: Humpback Whales & Sea Lions!

October 7, 2019

10AM TOUR! The wet west coast was really living up to its name this morning as the rain came down over the Salish Sea!  Good thing whales are already wet and could not care less about the water coming from the sky!  Despite the rainy conditions, we were still able to spot the cloudy puff […]

Victoria Whale Watching Report: Double Creature Feature: Killer Whales & Humpback Whales!

October 6, 2019

10AM TOUR!   Chilly mornings greet us this time of year as we embark on adventures to find whales!  We left the Victoria Harbour, immediately on the lookout for wildlife. We traveled southwest into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and soon found the largest of all Salish Sea whales- the Humpbacks! Humpbacks are so […]

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