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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 […]

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 […]

Knowing Who’s Who in the Deep Blue

January 15, 2019

The Difference Between Transient and Resident Orca Whales Near Victoria As a naturalist who has led thousands of whale and wildlife tours near Victoria, one of the greatest experiences on the water is the opportunity to watch wildlife interact with each other.  With such a diverse array of species in the Salish Sea, we constantly […]

Whale Watchers Scholarship 2018 Contest – 1st Place

January 9, 2019

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of our Whale Watchers Scholarship 2018 Contest: Cole Brookson from the University of Toronto. Here is his essay that granted him first place in our contest: From responsible consuming, to reducing our carbon emissions and getting involved in the conservation initiatives; there is something for […]

Whale Watchers Scholarship 2018 Contest – 2nd Place

January 2, 2019

Last week, we posted the submission that finished in whale watcher scholarship 3rd place. It is our great pleasure this week to post our 2nd place submission, a great essay by Takuya Harada, a master student originally from Japan at University of Toronto majoring in Sustainability Management: In Thailand, a pilot whale, which had swallowed […]

Whale Watchers Scholarship 2018 Contest – 3rd Place

December 28, 2018

This is our second year of our whale watchers’ scholarship in order to raise awareness and give back to the community. As we said last year, We understand that the pursuit of education and knowledge will lead to better solutions in the future, and want to help students to be able to afford the costs […]

What Is The Difference Between Transient and Resident Killer Whales (Orcas)

November 16, 2018

The waters surrounding Victoria are an exciting place to go whale watching because there are so many different types of wildlife that call this region home.  People from around the world flock to this area, excited to have an opportunity to see the greatest predator in the world’s oceans- the killer whale! Photo Credit: Rachael […]

BC’s First Nations People & the Tragic, Mysterious Story of Luna the Whale

July 4, 2018

Picture a day spent on the coastal waters west of the British Columbia coastline navigating through the tiny islands of Nootka Sound. The shadows of the tall trees play tricks on your eyes as the rippling waves hold your keen ears at the ready. And then you see something that’s no illusion: a six foot […]

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