Wildlife
Learning Centre

Get To Know Our Neighbours

Welcome to the Orca Spirit Adventures Wildlife Learning Centre – chock full of resources to help mature and maturing minds learn about the abundant marine wildlife native to Vancouver Island and the surrounding areas.

Read on to learn about transient and southern resident orcas, dolphins, porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles, jellyfish and much more.

Transient Orcas

Transient Orcas

Transient orcas live in small matriarchal groups, typically made up of a female and her offspring. Read on to find out what happens when the “kids” grow up.

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Resident Orcas

Resident Orcas

Resident orcas live in family groups called pods, consisting of multiple related matrilines containing a female, her offspring, and subsequent offspring. See what they eat, and more.

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Humpback Whales

Humpback Whales

Did you know that humpback whales don’t have any teeth? So, how do they consume up to a ton of food each day, and what do they feast on during summer months? Read on to find out.

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Other Whales, Dolphins & Porpoises

Other Whales, Dolphins & Porpoises

What’s the difference between a Minke whale and Grey whale, or a porpoise and a dolphin? Tiny teeth, migration distance and one blowhole versus two are just some of them.

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Seals, Otters & Sealions

Seals, Otters & Sealions

Do seals have ears? Why do elephant seals only come to land twice a year? Which family of sea lions are the noisiest and smelliest? What do otters use their tales for?

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Marine Birds

Marine Birds

How many eggs does a bald eagle lay? Where do turkey vultures go for the winter? What type of bird is the best swimmer, and what the heck is a horned Rhinoceros Auklet?

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Fish, Jellyfish & Kelp

Fish, Jellyfish & Kelp

The Lion’s Mane Jellyfish – the largest jellyfish in the world, can grow up to 2.5 meters in diameter, and contain 30 meter long tentacles. See why they can be so “irritating”.

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Other Coastal Mammals

Other Coastal Mammals

How much do the horns of a big horn sheep weigh? How did wild sheep from Corsica end up in North America? Are wolves really just wild dogs?

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More Involvement

Our Commitment to Responsible EcoTourism

We protect and preserve our spectacular natural surrounding by actively practicing the principles of eco-tourism and sustainability.

Supporting Research & Conservation

It’s our duty to take a leadership role in supporting the research and conservation of transient and resident whale communities.

Responsible Whale Watching Practices

Right from the beginning, we’ve understood the importance of minimizing our impact on the ocean habitat that whales call home.

Leaders in responsible Eco-Tourism

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