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May 6, 2017 – Humpback Whales, Sea Lions and Bald Eagle

May 6, 2017

Today’s tour was extended so that we could travel farther north than usual and catch up with some Humpback whales that had been spotted in the area. It was a beautiful day and the water was calm when we came across the two Humpbacks. Initially, they appeared to be behaving normally – surfacing 3-5 times […]

May 4, 2017 – Humpback Whale and Race Rocks Marine Ecological Reserve

May 4, 2017

We departed the harbour this morning and transited along the Southwest shoreline of Vancouver Island on the lovely calm waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The vessel transited of the SW tip of Vancouver Island and proceeded to the west in search of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). After sometime transiting along the […]

A Record Breaking 2016

December 18, 2016

Here at Orca Spirit, we can’t believe another whale watching season has come and gone. The flurry of activity from spring until winter makes the time fly by, but every season is unique and memorable no matter how busy we get. The 2016 season was full of surprises, from unexpected visitors, record setting sightings of […]

Resident Orcas and Amazing Humpback Encounter

August 24, 2016

Today was a beautiful sunny day spent searching for whales on glassy calm waters out in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Our morning trip journeyed west along the shoreline of Sooke to catch up with a group of our resident killer whales who were on their way out to the open Pacific in search […]

Southern Resident Orcas & Humpback Whales

August 13, 2016

Saturday morning was spectacular, with sunny skies and really calm waters as we made our way west on the Juan de Fuca Strait. We passed by beautiful and rugged landscapes of Vancouver Island, then something else caught our attention. Triangular black dorsal fins started popping up! We found members of both J and L pod […]

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 […]

June 2016 Whale Watching Video Highlights

July 13, 2016

It has been a great year for whale watching with a record number of humpbacks being seen near Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula. This video shows some breaches, surfacing whales, as well as a swimming eagle that has a massive salmon in its talons that it refuses to let go of! The eagle eventually let […]

The Whales Are Migrating! What Can You Expect to See?

November 11, 2015

There are few sights more powerful than witnessing a life take its course beneath the waves of the Pacific Ocean. Especially when it involves witnessing life as it’s lived by one of our planet’s largest, oldest creatures. Watching whales migrating is a dramatic reminder of the energy required by these majestic animals to maintain their […]

3 Other Whales You Might See on an Orca Adventure

October 14, 2015

The staggering variety of the lower mainland’s wildlife was one of the best things about moving here a few years back. Diverse, too. The different types of animals all living in their own unique way was a real opener. And that was just the animals on land. Growing up on the prairies in Alberta was […]

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