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Popular for all the Wrong Reasons: 6 Infamous Orcas of J-Pod

June 14, 2017

Let’s have a little fun, shall we? We’ve stopped counting how many times our naturalists have had to defend the childish behaviour of the orca whales of British Columbia’s Georgia Strait and Salish Sea. Just like kids above the surface of the water, adolescent orca whales often find themselves in some sort of mischief. Whether […]

Part 1: Checking in With Mick & Chasing Orca Whales off the BC Coast

May 20, 2017

“Hi, is this Mick?” I remember well the final moment before I talked with Mick for the first time. It’s easy to remember because the relative silence and routine of another day at the office was contrasted so completely by what I can only classify as an onslaught of energy and passion. And I’m being […]

3 Reasons to Proclaim Orca Victory in Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark

May 3, 2017

We’ve got a confession to make. Watching an Orca Whale fight a Great White Shark would probably be the greatest day of our lives. Not because of the violence and spectacle – no, of course not. No, it would be amazing watching our orca friend completely dominate the scrap from start to finish. Great White […]

Family Forever: Checking in With 6 Resident Orcas of J-Pod

April 19, 2017

The longer days, the scent of spring in the air, and the gently warming waters of the Pacific Northwest ought to bring a sense of pure joy to the team here at Orca Spirit, but unfortunately a tragedy struck a few months back that’s painting everything with a sombre shade as we head into the […]

Remembering J-2 Granny

January 13, 2017

The Orca Spirit family is mourning the loss of the oldest member of the Southern Resident Killer Whales and the oldest known orca in the world, J-2 Granny. Granny was a force to be respected on the water. This ultimate matriarch led J-pod with intelligence that only a wise leader could; a whale who has […]

Tourism Sustainability of the Year Award Winners!

October 6, 2016

We are excited to announce that Orca Spirit Adventures is the 2016 recipient of the Tourism Sustainability of the Year Award presented by Tourism Vancouver Island. This award recognizes our efforts in sustainable business practices and environmental consciousness – implementing policies around waste reduction, energy efficiency, environmentally-friendly products, and local supplier sourcing. As a business, […]

A Story About a Famous Orca Whale That Wished He Wasn’t Famous

September 29, 2016

It’s quiet under the water. Floating effortlessly inches beneath the surface of the tank, the lone orca whale lists lazily, his muscles completely relaxed. It’s his frayed nerves that are on edge. A large clap on the surface of the water proves that anxiety to be warranted. Hungry and agitated, he jerks into motion toward […]

Vancouver Island Green Business Certification!

September 27, 2016

We are excited to announce that Orca Spirit Adventures has achieved the highest level of achievement with the Vancouver Island Green Business Certification. The program was developed to help provide a set of tangible actions that businesses can take to tread a little lighted on the environment. Being certified means that we are actively involved […]

Killer Whale Facts You Already Know, and What You Wish You Didn’t Know

September 15, 2016

Updated on: March 10th, 2022 When you reflect on the world of orca whales, it’s easy to get sentimental. There’s a lot we know about these wonderful animals, but there’s a lot we wish we didn’t know. The history of orcas on British Columbia’s west coast, indeed, all over the world, hasn’t always been pretty. […]

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