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The Evolution of Whales Part One: A Swim Through Geological Time

April 8, 2019

Sometimes our whale watching guides in Victoria get asked questions on tours about ‘how whales came to be’? How long have they been roaming our oceans?  Who are their ancestors? The discovery of fossils from around the world has unraveled the mysteries of how whales evolved and adapted to become the world’s largest animals who […]

The Whale Scat Sniffing Canines of the Salish Sea

April 1, 2019

Did you know that the waters of the Pacific Northwest are considered to have the highest concentration of killer whales in the world?  Whale watching tours leaving Victoria are filled with the sights of several species of whales including two types of orcas, humpbacks, minke whales and grey whales. With so many cetaceans found in […]

The Story of Tumbo – The Killer Whale with Scoliosis

March 25, 2019

When you go whale watching off the shores of Victoria and south Vancouver Island, you may get a chance to see a very unique whale named Tumbo. Tumbo or T2C2 as he is scientifically named, has scoliosis which causes his spine to curve. Because his spine is deformed, he has a very wavy dorsal fin […]

Meet the Whales of K-Pod in 2019 from the Southern Resident Orca Population!

March 18, 2019

K-pod is the smallest of three pods belonging to the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population. While these whales can be seen during our whale watching season, the K-pod is often the last pod to show up in the Salish Sea during the spring and summer months. The Southern Residents have a strict diet of […]

Meet the Whales of J-Pod in 2019 from the Southern Resident Orca Population!

March 11, 2019

J-Pod is one of three pods that belong to the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population. It is believed that this population has used the Salish Sea for tens of thousands of years to hunt their preferred prey- Chinook salmon. The population is the most highly studied population of marine mammals in the world, and […]

Meet the Whales of L-pod in 2019 from the Southern Resident Orca Population!

March 4, 2019

L-Pod is the largest of the three pods that make up the Southern Resident Killer Whale population. Not only are they the largest, they also include the oldest living Southern Resident, Ocean Sun (L-25) who is estimated to have been born in 1928. The youngest member in the population also belongs to L-pod.  L-124 was […]

A Look Back on the 2018 Victoria Whale Watching Season

February 25, 2019

Looking back on whale and wildlife watching season past is one of the greatest joys for the staff at Orca Spirit. Every season brings new exciting adventures and moments we will never forget. There is something unique about time spent with nature that leaves an imprint so vivid in one’s mind, that you can look […]

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown with Orca Spirit!

February 1, 2019

It’s that time a year again! Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown is back and full of amazing things to do right here in Victoria on the weekends of Feb 22-24 and March 1-3. Thousands of people flock to our city every year to experience the amazing food, craft beer, breathtaking wildlife and spectacular […]

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