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Humpbacks, Transient Orcas, Seals & Sea Lions

May 28, 2016

On a lovely Saturday afternoon, guests from near and far boarded the Pacific Explorer, including a large group all the way from France. We left the harbor with plans to cruise over to the American side of the Straight of Juan de Fuca, as we had early reports of transient orcas patrolling the shoreline of […]

May 28, 2016 – Bigg’s Killer Whales

May 28, 2016

May has been an incredible month for sightings of Bigg’s killer whales. Also known as transient orcas, these magnificent animals have been seen daily over the last few weeks. This evening’s encounter was another wonderful wildlife experience. On this evening’s tour, we headed towards Kelp Reef in Haro Strait. There we encountered a large group […]

May 27, 2016 – Breaching Humpbacks!

May 27, 2016

You really never know what you are going to see until you’re out on the water seeing it! This morning’s tour couldn’t be more surprising! We started off with strong winds which led us to the sheltered waters of the Haro Strait. There we met up with Humpback whales, Big Mama and her new calf […]

May 25, 2016 – Transient Orcas & Humpback Whale

May 25, 2016

This afternoons trip we headed South East of Race Rocks in search of some transient orcas. The skies were sunny, but the winds created a fair amount of sea swell. This made it a little difficult to get an eye on these creatures, but of course, we were up for the challenge! We all held […]

May 24, 2016 – Seals, Seal Lions, Sea Otter & Transient Orcas

May 24, 2016

The skies were overcast and the seas were a little choppy, but this didn’t stop Captain Bill from finding us a gang of 3 Transient orcas! We were originally heading over towards Port Angeles, following a report of orcas spotted around 7:30 am. Then, all of the sudden, a big black fin popped up off […]

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 […]




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