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Super Pod Orcas! – September 20, 2015

September 20, 2015

Our day at Orca Spirit began with beautifully calm seas and a picturesque fog bank that covered the Straight of Juan De Fuca. Earlier that morning, our captain got word that resident Orcas were spotted coming in from the Pacific ocean so we headed west in hopes to catch up with these illustrious marine mammals. […]

J, K and L-Pod Orcas – September 18, 2015

September 18, 2015

This morning we ventured out East where we encountered many of our resident orcas heading towards the south end of San Juan Island. We spotted members of J and K-pod and at many points, had orcas in every direction! Onyx (L87) was one of the famous whales we ID’d who was born into L-pod but […]

Super Pod Orcas! – September 17, 2015

September 17, 2015

Today’s morning tour took us east towards the San Juan Islands. Upon reaching Eagle Point, we found some of our Resident L-Pod orcas. We were able to ID one of the mature males, Wavewalker (L88), who is 22 years old. He showed off his size with a few impressive breaches! These orcas seemed to be […]

Humpback Whales – September 16, 2015

September 16, 2015

This morning with no reports of wildlife we set out in search mode with all eyes on the water looking for life. After a while of searching we got some reports from our zodiacs of some humpbacks in the area. We found two swimming side by side and doing. After following them we zipped over […]

4 Lessons Orcas Can Teach Us About Life on Land

September 16, 2015

Human beings often fall into the trap of learning how to live and operate from other human beings. It makes sense, we all speak the same language (sort of). But there’s another creature from which we can learn, an animal possessing intelligence we have yet to fully understand. Orca whales have survived for centuries in […]

J-Pod Orcas – September 15, 2015

September 15, 2015

This morning we traveled out into the chilly fog to find some wildlife. We headed south east and after a while the fog just lifted away to beautiful sunshine. Our awesome Captain Brad found some Resident Killer whales a few miles south of San Juan Island. These whales turn out to be J-Pod as we […]

Transient & Resident Orcas – September 13, 2015

September 13, 2015

We had a wonderful start to our day, finding a pod of Transient Killer Whales 15 minutes out of the Victoria Harbour. We encountered them just south of Trial Island, and traveled alongside them as they swam west past Victoria! These whales were identified as the T018 matriline, including two very large males, T019B & […]

Humpback, Transient Orcas & Sea Otter

September 11, 2015

Friday morning brought reports of Orcas near Sooke. We made it out there in good time to see Transient mammal-eating Orcas hugging the shoreline in search of prey. We were able to identify them as T10 and her sons T10B and T10C. After traveling with them for a while we had to time stop at […]

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