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Celebrate Family Day by Adopting a Family of Bigg’s Killer Whales!

February 7, 2020

Family Day (February 17th) is an important time to celebrate those we love and at Orca Spirit Adventures we consider all the whales and wildlife we watch members of our family!  To mark Family Day 2020, we adopted a Bigg’s (Transient) Killer Whale Family known as the T018 matriline from Ocean Wise – Wild Killer […]

“Why are they called Transient Killer Whales if they aren’t Transient?”

November 27, 2019

A frequent discussion we have on our whale watching trips is the difference between the types of Killer Whales we have in the Salish Sea. Yes, you read that right! Types! This means that there is more than one kind of Killer Whale that inhabit our water; the one you are most likely to see […]

Odd Orcas: These Outliers are a Little Different From the Others

August 20, 2019

Something magical was spotted in the water off the coast of British Columbia near Victoria, BC. A frequent spot for interested travellers and locals alike, Canada’s west coast boasts incredible views of orcas travelling between southern California and Alaska. During the prime summer months of May through September, the activity picks up big time. And […]

What To Expect On Your First Whale Watching Adventure

August 6, 2019

I can’t remember if I was more nervous or excited the night before I went on my first whale watching adventure. Surely I was excited – I’d grown up obsessing over whales and I was hours away from seeing them in their natural habitat for the first time. However, part of me was concerned. I’d […]

3 Reasons Why This is the Summer You Finally Go Whale Watching

July 30, 2019

The sun is shining here in Western Canada as we celebrate the start of another all-too-brief summer. Most of the country takes its sweet time getting to this point, and the long days only last so long, so let’s focus on what we do have instead of what we don’t: the opportunity for adventure! One […]

Is Victoria, BC The Whale Watching Capital of the World?

July 23, 2019

The amount of knowledge the international orca research community has gained in the past decade or so has taught us more about orca whales than everything we learned throughout the 20th century. From their unique dialects to their familial structure, we know now that we have more in common with these magical marine mammals than […]

Port Renfrew Whale Watching Report: American Mink

June 26, 2019

Meet the American mink, a semi-aquatic species of mustelid native to North America. The American mink is a carnivore that feeds on rodents, fish, crustaceans, frogs, and birds. On land, the mink moves by a bounding gate, with speeds up to 6.5km/h. It also climbs trees and swims well. During swimming the mink propels itself […]

Port Renfrew Whale Watching Report: Humpback Whales & Pacific White-Sided Dolphins

June 12, 2019

  A short 2-hour drive North West of Victoria takes you to true west coast wilderness. Here in Port Renfrew, we are kicking off our third season of whale watching. As the only ocean wildlife operator in the area your sure to get an intimate, once in a lifetime adventure!   Join us down on […]

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 […]




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