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By Coming Whale Watching With Orca Spirit Adventures, You Are Making A Difference!

April 5, 2022

Written by: Lori, Lead Naturalist

As a company that aims to introduce guests to the wonders of the natural world, we believe it is important to give back to the wildlife and the environment that gives us so much. It is for this reason that Orca Spirit Adventures collects a Wildlife Conservation Fee. With each ticket sold, 4 dollars is donated to a number of wonderful causes that contribute positively to our beloved marine habitat. Read on to learn more about these organizations.

Pacific Salmon Foundation

Two dollars of the four dollar fee is donated to the Pacific Salmon Foundation. The Pacific Salmon Foundation operates salmon conservation initiatives all along the BC coast. With over 150 scientists, 40 federal and state agencies, First Nations, Universities, and multiple nonprofits, the Pacific Salmon Foundation works to recover Pacific salmon stocks. The organization also funds grassroots community-led restoration projects. This organization aims to restore wild Chinook and Coho stocks that are essential to the survival of the Southern Resident Killer Whale population. To date we have donated $174,000 to this wonderful cause!

Marine Education and Research Society

New as of 2021, Orca Spirit Adventures now donates one dollar per ticket to the Marine Education and Research Society, or MERS for short. Their work includes the “If you see a blow, go slow” campaign that we also champion at Orca Spirit, as well as the How to Save a Whale campaign which provides education of whale entanglement. MERS research focuses on Humpback whales and Minke whales and further contributes to their ongoing conservation efforts. In 2021 alone, we managed to contribute $7,500 to the Marine Education and Research Society – and we know this number will only grow as our number of guests increases!

Surfrider Foundation

Last but not least, one dollar is donated to the Surfrider Foundation which tackles issues such as plastic pollution, coastal preservation, clean water, and access to beaches. They host beach clean ups throughout North America and one is held monthly at different locations in Victoria. Any crew members of ours that are available are encouraged to join, and we highly encourage you to participate as well!

Company Values

As a company we pride ourselves on doing right by the natural environment, and encouraging this sense of conservation in others. Simply by coming out on tour with us you are helping to contribute to a number of wonderful causes and initiatives! All the more reason to come experience the wild and enjoy the wonders of the Salish Sea.

Book your tour today and start making a difference!

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