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Resident & Transient Orcas – July 23, 2015

July 23, 2015

Today for our morning trip, we traveled to San Juan Island. There we found members of J and K-pods working their way south near an area called False Bay. We had an excellent encounter with the K12 matriline, and enjoyed some views of the large male orca Blackberry foraging. It was a great morning with […]

Seals, Sea Lions & Orcas – July 22, 2015

July 22, 2015

Today’s tours were spent viewing one of our local resident pods of Orcas. L-pod was first spotted southwest of Victoria harbour at Beecher Bay. This group of 35 members were foraging for their favourite food, the Chinook salmon. They slowly moved in an easterly direction towards False Bay of San Juan Island. Besides the general […]

Orca Spirit’s Sheenah Duclos: A Lifetime With the Whales

July 22, 2015

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Do you remember where you were the first time you heard that question? Not many of us do, the memory just isn’t that strong. That’s not the case for Sheenah Duclos. Sheenah’s enjoying her sixth season as the head naturalist at Orca Spirit. “The first […]

Humpback Whale and Orcas – July 21, 2015

July 21, 2015

We faced the wind and the waves this morning as we traveled South of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to go on a wild whale search! We spotting this Humpback just as it did a deeper dive for about 10 minutes and then lost it! We caught glimpses of him again soon and were lucky enough […]

Southern Resident Orcas – July 20, 2015

July 20, 2015

This morning, we headed to San Juan Island, where we once again encountered orcas near Eagle Point.  It was a wonderful morning in the company of whales.  We watched members of the K13 matriline foraging for salmon.  While pink salmon appear to particularly plentiful this year, these Orcas feed on Chinook Salmon primarily during the […]

JPod Orcas – July 19, 2015

July 19, 2015

10:00 am This morning aboard the Orca Spirit II, we headed east towards San Juan Island, where we encountered members of J-pod foraging near Salmon Bank.  It was a beautiful morning with calm seas and sunny skies.  The still waters and calm winds made the blows of orcas carry well, and we enjoyed the company […]

Southern Resident Orcas – July 18, 2015

July 18, 2015

We started the day by going west to the shores of Sooke where we saw some of J and K pod. It was a lovely hot calm day on the water and the whales were in a playful mood, exhibiting behaviors such as spy-hopping, breaching and tail slapping. The captain made a stop at Race […]

Resident Orcas and Harbour Seal Pups – July 17, 2015

July 17, 2015

What a beautiful morning! Off to the west side of San Juan Island we went with flat calm waters to make it a speedy journey. We had K-pod of the Southern Resident Killer Whales. We immediately started identifying some of the members including Scooter and Lobo, both big males in K-pod. We soon dropped the […]

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