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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 […]

May 22, 2016 – Humpback Whale, Seals, Sea Lions & Sea Otter

May 22, 2016

It was a typical West Coast start to our tour today, choppy and a little gray.  But that did not stop the top deck from filling up fast with eager whale watchers! Soon we found ourselves at Race Rocks. There we saw Harbour seals, Bald Eagles, Elephant Seals, Steller Sea Lions, California Sea Lions, and […]

May 21, 2016 – Humpback Whale, Seals & Seal Lions

May 21, 2016

It was a beautiful and calm Saturday morning as we set course west on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  We were not on the ocean long before we had a report of a nearby humpback!  We cruised towards the shores of Vancouver Island were a humpback was surfacing slowly and making long dives.  We […]

May 21, 2016 – Maasdam Guests Watching Bigg’s Killer Whales

May 21, 2016

With news of a large group of Bigg’s killer whales that were discovered entering San Juan Channel late in the afternoon, the crew aboard the Pacific Explorer were excited to head east and investigate.  By the time we left the harbour, the orcas had made their way north through San Juan channel.  We encountered the […]

May 19, 2016 – Transient Orcas

May 19, 2016

Our 2pm tour found us racing up the picturesque Haro Strait in search of black and white whales. After some sightseeing travel through the islands our wish came true beside Saturna Island and the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Two large triangular black dorsal fins emerged offshore Monarch Head followed by a group of smaller, […]

May 18, 2016 – Harbour Seals, Pelagic Birds & Transient Orcas

May 18, 2016

For our morning trip, with no whale sightings in our reach, we decided to try our luck by heading out into the middle of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It was a sunny day, so many of our passengers on board decided to take to the top deck to assist with spotting the whales. […]

May 17, 2016 – Humpback Whales, Seals & Sea Lions

May 17, 2016

This morning was a beautiful calm sunny day with no report of whales, so we decided to head out into the middle of the Juan de Fuca Strait and try our luck. With everyone scanning the horizon looking for blows Captain Liz with her trained eye spotted one in the distance! We turned and headed […]

May 16, 2016 – Transient Orcas

May 16, 2016

With active waters just off of Victoria, we made our way North up the Haro Strait. Flat calm waters soon greeted us as well as multiple family’s of Transient Orca’s! We followed at least 10 individuals along the San Juan Islands. 3 hours later for our afternoon tour we found the same transients in the […]



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