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Following The Pods: The Whale Satellite Tagging Project

February 2, 2014

Photo by Kim on Flickr Despite all that we already know about them, orca whales still hold many mysteries. For one, we’re not quite sure where resident pods go during the winter. Scientists know that they can have quite a range, but have never been able to really know just how big it is. Last […]

Victoria Aquatic Wildlife: The Harbour Seal

January 24, 2014

When visiting the Victoria Harbour, Fisherman’s Wharf or taking a whale watching tour, you are very likely to see some local harbour seals swimming, hunting small fish or simply lying in the sun. The most common and widely distributed species of its class, the harbour seal lives in coastal waters of the northern hemisphere in […]

Sea Monsters of the Pacific: Umibôzu

January 9, 2014

Next in our series of mythical or real sea monsters of the Pacific, here is one from Japanese folklore: the umibôzu. Umibôzu legends Translated as “sea monk”, the umibôzu is a shadowy creature that rises from calm waters, at night, and capsize ships. It is called “sea monk” because its bald head reminded the sailors […]

Sea Monsters of the Pacific: Cadborosaurus Willsi

December 14, 2013

Did you know that Victoria has its own sea monster legend? Although we’ve never seen it on any of our whale watching trips, there is a long-standing legend that a cadborosaurus willsi (named after Cadboro bay and saurus, reptile), also known as “Caddy”, inhabits Cadboro Bay and the surrounding waters. Here’s more information about this […]

Sea Monsters of the Pacific: The Giant Squid

November 21, 2013

In this series, we will explore the mythical (and not so mythical) sea creatures that live in the Pacific Ocean. From Japanese water-ghosts to the very real giant squid, from Maori water spirits to sperm whales, we will have a look at the creatures that have haunted the waters of the Pacific. Luckily, none of […]

Ocean Acidification – Will Whales disappear?

September 18, 2013

As lovers of marine life, it’s difficult to imagine our lives without Victoria whale watching trips. Many species of whales and marine mammals as well as fish and other marine life make the Juan de Fuca strait their homes. But with the current rate of ocean acidification—the oceanic equivalent of the greenhouse effect on land—we […]

How To Prepare And What To Expect – Whale Watching

September 9, 2013

Your first Victoria whale watching adventure is an exciting moment. In order to enjoy your trip to the fullest, here are a few tips to help you prepare for your adventure ahead of time! What to bring Because of the nature of a whale watching trip, we suggest you bring a few essentials with you […]

What Is Sustainable Tourism?

July 24, 2013

Because Ocra Spirit Adventures follows the Pacific Whale Watching Association (PWWA) guidelines, we consider ourselves part of the “sustainable tourism” industry. But what does that mean? Here’s a little bit about how we are part of a sustainable tourist economy. Basic principles Sustainable tourism aims to minimize the environmental and cultural impacts of touristic activity. It […]

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