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Humpbacks, Transient Orcas, Seals & Sea Lions

May 28, 2016

On a lovely Saturday afternoon, guests from near and far boarded the Pacific Explorer, including a large group all the way from France. We left the harbor with plans to cruise over to the American side of the Straight of Juan de Fuca, as we had early reports of transient orcas patrolling the shoreline of […]

May 28, 2016 – Bigg’s Killer Whales

May 28, 2016

May has been an incredible month for sightings of Bigg’s killer whales. Also known as transient orcas, these magnificent animals have been seen daily over the last few weeks. This evening’s encounter was another wonderful wildlife experience. On this evening’s tour, we headed towards Kelp Reef in Haro Strait. There we encountered a large group […]

May 27, 2016 – Breaching Humpbacks!

May 27, 2016

You really never know what you are going to see until you’re out on the water seeing it! This morning’s tour couldn’t be more surprising! We started off with strong winds which led us to the sheltered waters of the Haro Strait. There we met up with Humpback whales, Big Mama and her new calf […]

My Chance Encounter with a Humpback Whale

September 30, 2015

Growing up in rural Alberta didn’t offer a lot in the way of animal encounters. The only wildlife common to the prairies of my youth were gophers, deer, coyotes and the occasional moose. However, my sense of wonder about animals wasn’t extinguished – in fact the opposite was true. I became obsessed with whales. Orcas […]

Orca Spirit’s Sheenah Duclos: A Lifetime With the Whales

July 22, 2015

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Do you remember where you were the first time you heard that question? Not many of us do, the memory just isn’t that strong. That’s not the case for Sheenah Duclos. Sheenah’s enjoying her sixth season as the head naturalist at Orca Spirit. “The first […]

Orca Calves – The Latest Update

July 1, 2015

The birth of four new calves in the Southern Resident Orca community offers new hope for these critically endangered marine mammals.  After a 2 year lull of no births, researchers are pleased to have discovered these four calves in a period of only three months.  Three of the calves were born to J pod and one to […]

Whale Watching Tour – Thursday, 02 October 2014

October 2, 2014

Memorable Moment from this Tour We left the harbour and travelled South then East as we were headed to San Juan. We were surprised and very lucky to find a huge pod of Pacific White Sided Dolphins. Over 100 of them played around and chased the boat. All guests were very excited and happy to […]

Whale Watching Tour – Wednesday, 01 October 2014

October 1, 2014

Memorable Moment from this Tour We headed out East towards San Juan Island and stopped a few times in hopes to spot a Humpback but came up with nothing. Captain Rod took us to False Bay where we spotted some Resident Orca’s. As we parked we had one stop by the boat and it made […]

Whale Watching Tour – Monday, 29 September 2014

September 29, 2014

Memorable Moment from this Tour Not long after leaving Victoria we spotted a huge group of Resident Orca’s passing by going East. We enjoyed watching them play and travel together before leaving to visit seals an sea lions on Race Rocks. It was a cloudy day but very enjoyable on the water viewing Resident Orca’s. […]




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