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Victoria Sightings Report: Brown Pelicans, Whales, Ollie the Sea Otter, and Much More!

July 22, 2021

Weekly Sightings Summary July 12th to 18th As we approach the middle of summer, sightings of wildlife continue to be diverse and abundant here in the Salish Sea! This week was full of experiences with creatures who depend on the salty waters that surround south Vancouver Island, including rare species like Brown Pelicans, mammal hunting […]

Port Renfrew Whale Watching Report: What a Start to the 2021 Season!!

June 23, 2021

Written by: Matt Burnaby, Zodiac Captain Our 2021 season here in Port Renfrew has begun. What a start it has been so far! Beautiful weather almost every day with hot sunny days and calm seas.  Each year at the start of the season we never know what to expect. Our remote little town sits on […]

Victoria Whale Watching Report: Lunge Feeding Humpbacks!

June 13, 2021

Sunday, June 13th, 2021 With the forecast set for rain, the guests and crew left the Victoria Inner Harbour donned in rain gear eager to find whales and other critters of the Pacific Northwest. We made our way straight south out of the harbour and into the center of the 17 mile wide Juan De […]

Port Renfrew Whale Watching Report: The 2021 Season has Arrived!

June 1, 2021

Summer is finally here! We are kicking off our 5th season in Port Renfrew and cannot wait to get on the water to see some incredible marine wildlife. June has already come with stunning blue skies and beach worthy temperatures. Port Renfrew is mostly known for it’s torrential rain and roaring winter storms, but now […]

Victoria Whale Watching Report: Sunshine, Seals, Ollie the Sea Otter, and More!

May 22, 2021

May 22, 2021- 12pm Tour The Victoria Long Weekend brought the Capital City blue skies and sunshine. Guests joined us on the Haisla Explorer and we began our search for whales and other marine wildlife by heading west. We cruised along the shoreline until we reached the shores of Becher Bay, then we swung out […]

Victoria Whale Watching Report: T101 Family of Bigg’s Killer Whales!

April 25, 2021

Sunday, April 25th- 12pm Tour It was an exciting day to be on the water with guests and crew anxious to see whales and other fascinating wildlife. We boarded the Haisla Explorer and set out west of Victoria. West of Race Rocks Lighthouse, we spotted the tall fins of 2 males and one female killer […]

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 […]



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