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Designed with a Porpoise

January 24, 2019

When people think of going whale watching near Victoria, they often anticipate seeing large whales like humpbacks, orcas and grey whales. But there are much tinier cetaceans out there that are just as fascinating and fun to watch- the porpoises! Whale watching off of Victoria provides an excellent opportunity to spot two different species of […]

Knowing Who’s Who in the Deep Blue

January 15, 2019

The Difference Between Transient and Resident Orca Whales Near Victoria As a naturalist who has led thousands of whale and wildlife tours near Victoria, one of the greatest experiences on the water is the opportunity to watch wildlife interact with each other.  With such a diverse array of species in the Salish Sea, we constantly […]

Orca Spirit Naturalist Corey Vink: The Experience of Whale Watching

January 15, 2019

Corey Vink can feel the emotion welling up inside every time he embarks on a new whale watching adventure as a naturalist with Orca Spirit. “It still gets to me,” says Corey. One of the rewarding parts of his job is that he gets to share that experience time and again with visitors from Victoria, […]

Whale Watchers Scholarship 2018 Contest – 1st Place

January 9, 2019

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of our Whale Watchers Scholarship 2018 Contest: Cole Brookson from the University of Toronto. Here is his essay that granted him first place in our contest: From responsible consuming, to reducing our carbon emissions and getting involved in the conservation initiatives; there is something for […]

Whale Watchers Scholarship 2018 Contest – 2nd Place

January 2, 2019

Last week, we posted the submission that finished in whale watcher scholarship 3rd place. It is our great pleasure this week to post our 2nd place submission, a great essay by Takuya Harada, a master student originally from Japan at University of Toronto majoring in Sustainability Management: In Thailand, a pilot whale, which had swallowed […]

Whale Watchers Scholarship 2018 Contest – 3rd Place

December 28, 2018

This is our second year of our whale watchers’ scholarship in order to raise awareness and give back to the community. As we said last year, We understand that the pursuit of education and knowledge will lead to better solutions in the future, and want to help students to be able to afford the costs […]

What Is The Difference Between Transient and Resident Killer Whales (Orcas)

November 16, 2018

The waters surrounding Victoria are an exciting place to go whale watching because there are so many different types of wildlife that call this region home.  People from around the world flock to this area, excited to have an opportunity to see the greatest predator in the world’s oceans- the killer whale! Photo Credit: Rachael […]

J-Pod Orcas, Humpback Whales & Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

October 8, 2018

On Monday morning we departed Victoria harbor aboard the Pacific Explorer and headed southwest into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. There had been morning reports of J-Pod (part of the Southern Resident killer whale population) fishing in the strait. It was not long until we saw the characteristic large black fin of a male […]

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