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What Is The Difference Between Transient and Resident Killer Whales (Orcas)

November 16, 2018

The waters surrounding Victoria are an exciting place to go whale watching because there are so many different types of wildlife that call this region home.  People from around the world flock to this area, excited to have an opportunity to see the greatest predator in the world’s oceans- the killer whale! Photo Credit: Rachael […]

Giants of the Salish Sea : Humpback Whales

August 7, 2016

Standing at Clover Point and looking out into the Salish Sea, it’s hard to believe there are giants swimming just off in the distance: humpback whales. Humpbacks reach lengths of 17 m (55 ft) and 40,000 kg (88,184 lbs). They are predominantly black with variable amounts of white ventrally. The whales have huge pectoral flippers […]

How the Oldest Killer Whales On Earth Stay Young

August 2, 2016

How would you react if you were told, for the first time, that your species was only expected to walk the Earth for 30 or so years at a time? 50 years? 100 years? You’d probably race to the nearest health food store to pick up some kale and spinach, either to prolong your life […]

Why Do Orcas Hate Great White Sharks So Much?

July 19, 2016

Let’s take a trip back in time. No, not to a time before hunting decimated whale populations all over the world (although you’d read that post, wouldn’t you? Of course you would, who wouldn’t?). Let’s go back to elementary school. So, not quite as painful, but almost. You’re swaying calmly on the swings when the biggest, […]

Our Legends: Killer Whales & the History of the Coast Salish People

June 21, 2016

Imagine coming face to face with a legend. Picture walking slowly along on a quiet mountain trail and coming to the realization that you’re not alone, that some forgotten primate from another generation was watching your every move. Imagine a great creature in the sky blocking out the light of the sun itself, casting a […]

The Orca Families Living in BC’s Coastal Waters

February 10, 2016

There’s really no substitute for the real thing, and when it comes to animals – wild animals living their lives as they’ve done for thousands of years – the behaviours we’re fortunate enough to witness drive this point home. For Orca Spirit’s Rachael Merrett, an encounter with an orca when she was six years old […]

Southern Resident Orca Calf Update

February 2, 2016

In just 13 months, the critically endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population has received a real boost in the number of new family members! With 9 new babies born, renewed hope has been sparked amongst all those that love these whales after two and a half years of no calves surviving. Local research groups have […]

The Hidden Orca Behaviours You’ll Only See in the Wild

January 27, 2016

For Rachael Merrett, it’s difficult to put a finger on the real reason she’s drawn to the Orca whales of the pacific northwest and British Columbia’s coastal waters. “It’s partly selfish,” Rachael says. “I simply need to go see them. There’s a connection that I’ve always felt, and I’m only satisfied in my career when […]

Sea Lions & Sea Otters are Moving into the Neighbourhood at Race Rocks

January 13, 2016

Every other hundred years or so, a naturally-occurring habitat about which we think we know everything undergoes a dramatic shift. And yes, a furry sea otter pup being born at Race Rocks Lighthouse represents a dynamic shift. It’s not s huge surprise for Rachael Merrett of course, even if it’s so hard to fathom for […]

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