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The History of Sea Otters in the North Pacific

February 25, 2021

Written by: Rachael Merrett- Orca Spirit Marine Naturalist Most people swoon at the adorable faces of Sea Otters and their habit of holding each other’s paws to stay close together. Many people are unaware of the history of sea otters in the North Pacific and how close the world came to losing them completely. Locally, […]

Victoria Whale Watching Season Highlights

October 16, 2020

This was a year like no other with the COVID-19 pandemic delaying the start of the Victoria whale watching season until July. With international borders closed, Victoria was a quieter place with only tourists from across Canada visiting our Capital City. While the world seemed up-side-down on land, time on the water and with wildlife […]

Victoria Whale Watching Report: The Southern Resident Orcas Came for a Visit!

July 26, 2020

Sunday, July 26th, 2020 – 12pm Covered Vessel Tour This morning our covered vessel, along with two zodiacs, headed out into the Juan de Fuca Strait in search of wildlife. After a bit of travelling, Captain Jordan stopped the boat because he had seen some Killer Whales ahead of us. Upon arrival we thought these […]

2019 Victoria Whale Watching Season Highlights

November 24, 2019

The 2019 season was full of diverse wildlife and amazing sightings on the waters of the Salish Sea! We keep track of our daily sightings and this year our success rate of sighting whales was over 95% from April until the end of October. Orcas were the species of whale that we saw the most […]

Victoria Whale Watching Report: Killer Whales & More

July 31, 2019

MORNING TOUR This morning, we headed out aboard the Catalina Adventure in search of orcas and other cetaceans. It would prove to be a fantastic trip! Not long after leaving the harbour, we encountered members of the T46B group of Bigg’s killer whales. Unbeknown to us at the time, this group of orcas had split […]

Whale Watching Promotion for Mother’s Day

May 7, 2018

Moms are the best. On May 13th, we want to show our love and appreciation by giving them 50% off whale watching tours. Just show up (or better: call 250.800.3747 in advance and make a reservation to make sure we have seats left) and embark on an adventure of a lifetime filled with “oooh” and “wow” […]

Spotting Orcas Whales At Race Rocks Marine Reserve

July 24, 2017

10am Excursion We departed the dock on the MV Pacific Explorer and proceeded southwest in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in search of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). In the Strait of Juan de Fuca off of Race Rocks Marine Ecological Reserve, we encountered one of our southern fish-eating killer whale pods (L pod). […]

July 2, 2017 – Bigg’s Killer Whales & Humpback Whale

July 2, 2017

This morning, we received a report of orcas near Albert Head shortly before leaving our dock. We headed out aboard the Pacific Explorer and soon encountered four orcas in Parry Bay. Our orca encounter started with some fantastic viewing of a large male Bigg;s killer whale named T49A1. He was traveling apart from his mom […]

Whales, Porpoise & Southern Resident Orca Whales

June 24, 2017

The morning trip headed south and found ourselves in the enviable position of having to choose which whales to go to – there were too many Humpback Whales reported nearby to see them all! We started out watching a very sleepy little humpback before moving on to two who were swimming together and were much […]



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