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Why is it So Hard to Watch Killer Whales Hunting?

August 30, 2016

The slight fluttering of the water’s surface is always a dead giveaway. At first you tremble with excitement as you realize what’s currently happening, but then, more often than not, you cringe in terror from what’s about to happen. Killer whales hunting in the wild is one of our planet’s most powerful scenarios, and it’s […]

3 J-Pod Behaviours to Watch For This Whale Watching Season

August 16, 2016

It’s the middle of August and the whale watching season is in full swing! We’ve seen a dazzling array of behaviour, from quirky to common, deliberate to downright hilarious. And that’s just from the whale watchers on the deck of the boat! Seriously though, the summer whale watching season has been as wondrous and captivating […]

Giants of the Salish Sea : Humpback Whales

August 7, 2016

Standing at Clover Point and looking out into the Salish Sea, it’s hard to believe there are giants swimming just off in the distance: humpback whales. Humpbacks reach lengths of 17 m (55 ft) and 40,000 kg (88,184 lbs). They are predominantly black with variable amounts of white ventrally. The whales have huge pectoral flippers […]

How the Oldest Killer Whales On Earth Stay Young

August 2, 2016

How would you react if you were told, for the first time, that your species was only expected to walk the Earth for 30 or so years at a time? 50 years? 100 years? You’d probably race to the nearest health food store to pick up some kale and spinach, either to prolong your life […]

Our Legends: Killer Whales & the History of the Coast Salish People

June 21, 2016

Imagine coming face to face with a legend. Picture walking slowly along on a quiet mountain trail and coming to the realization that you’re not alone, that some forgotten primate from another generation was watching your every move. Imagine a great creature in the sky blocking out the light of the sun itself, casting a […]

Orca Spirit Participates in Local Conservation Project!

June 14, 2016

On April 16th & 17th, Orca Spirit assisted in a derelict fishing gear removal project off of North Pender Island, coordinated by members of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative. The derelict net was a purse seine that was hung up on a reef since at least the 1980s, and was killing many local species. Derelict […]

4 Resident J-Pod Orcas You’d Invite Over For Dinner

June 7, 2016

There’s a really important difference in two types of orca whales you’ll find cruising the waters off the coast of British Columbia this summer. Transient Orcas. First, you don’t find transient orcas, transient orcas find you. If they’re hunting you for dinner, that is. Transient orcas generally live in smaller groups, but the key distinction […]

Why is Family Structure so Crucial to J-Pod’s Resident Orcas?

May 24, 2016

Imagine cruising around in your family’s chosen mode of transportation (when I was a kid that meant a robust, 80’s style Ford Bronco that fit approximately 24 children). You go everywhere together in this vehicle. Someone’s hungry? Let’s whip through the drive through at McDonald’s. Someone has swimming lessons? We’ll drop ‘em off in the […]

3 Killer Whales Who Had An Unfortunate Brush With Fame in Captivity

May 12, 2016

Do you remember going to the circus when you were a kid and staring in wonder at the amazing tricks being pulled off by animal and human alike? Seriously, how is that bear balancing his unicycle on that giant beach ball? OMG look at that elephant standing on his hind legs like a person! Oh […]

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