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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 […]

Southern Resident Orca Calf Update

February 2, 2016

In just 13 months, the critically endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population has received a real boost in the number of new family members! With 9 new babies born, renewed hope has been sparked amongst all those that love these whales after two and a half years of no calves surviving. Local research groups have […]

The Hidden Orca Behaviours You’ll Only See in the Wild

January 27, 2016

For Rachael Merrett, it’s difficult to put a finger on the real reason she’s drawn to the Orca whales of the pacific northwest and British Columbia’s coastal waters. “It’s partly selfish,” Rachael says. “I simply need to go see them. There’s a connection that I’ve always felt, and I’m only satisfied in my career when […]

Sea Lions & Sea Otters Are Moving to Race Rocks

January 13, 2016

Every other hundred years or so, a naturally-occurring habitat about which we think we know everything undergoes a dramatic shift. And yes, a furry sea otter pup being born at Race Rocks Lighthouse represents a dynamic shift. It’s not s huge surprise for Rachael Merrett of course, even if it’s so hard to fathom for […]

Rachael Merrett – “We Can Learn So Much From Them (Orcas)”

December 21, 2015

“Everything they do in the wild is by choice.” That’s Rachael Merrett, one of the friendly faces you’ll see leading the way on Orca Spirit’s Whale Watching adventures. Rachael lives and breathes orca whales, it’s an obsession she’s held ever since she saw these magnificent creatures in the wild as a child. I caught up […]

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