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J-Pod Orcas – July 7, 2015

July 7, 2015

On our morning whale watching tour we were fortunate to have sightings of the family group known as the J16s, which are prat of J-Pod. Each pod consists of multiple families that are related and often travel together. These individual families are called Matrilines and are led by a Matriarchal female. The J-16s are named […]

SUPER POD of Orcas – July 6, 2015

July 6, 2015

On our morning whale watching tour we saw members of J and K Pods, foraging around San Juan Island. Killer Whales use echolocation to locate their prey and prefer to catch salmon. Orcas recirculate air through their blowhole then directed the sound through the fatty melon on their head. The sound waves bounce of the […]

Orcas: LPod, JPod and Calves – July 5, 2015

July 5, 2015

On a beautiful morning we headed though Juan de Fuca Strait and into Haro Strait, where we caught up with members of the J-16 matriline from J-Pod!  It was so exciting because this family has not one but two of the new calves in the population!  It was not hard to spot 43 year old […]

J-Pod Orcas – July 4, 2015

July 4, 2015

This evening, under sunny skies and with calm seas, we headed towards San Juan Island where we had reports of Southern Resident orcas. However, shortly after leaving the harbour we received reports of whales closer and it was not long before we encountered whales near Beaumont Shoals in Haro Strait. We had a spectacular encounter […]

Bald Eagles, Harbour Seals & J-Pod Orcas – July 3, 2015

July 3, 2015

Another beautiful day in Victoria with flat calm waters. Off we went to San Juan island to see everyone’s favourite southern resident killer whales. We found J-pod cruising the shore line happily forging for fish. Towards the end of our visit we got to witness some great socializing that included rolling onto their backs, spy […]

J-Pod Orcas & Harbour Seals – July 1, 2015

July 1, 2015

Canada Day Whale Watching in Victoria! This afternoon, we encountered Orcas right away!  We saw members of J-pod (and L87) southwest of Discovery Island, traveling east towards San Juan Island. We witnessed a large group of Orcas in resting formation. This group included the J2 matriline, with Granny (J2) leading the way, proudly celebrating her 104th […]

Orca Calves – The Latest Update

July 1, 2015

The birth of four new calves in the Southern Resident Orca community offers new hope for these critically endangered marine mammals.  After a 2 year lull of no births, researchers are pleased to have discovered these four calves in a period of only three months.  Three of the calves were born to J pod and one to […]

Harbour Seals & Orcas – June 30, 2015

June 30, 2015

On today’s morning tour we traveled out west and paid a visit to Race Rocks Ecological reserve and saw the second oldest lighthouse on Canada’s Pacific Coast. We were able to view more than 50 harbour seals, or “rock sausages” as they are nicknamed, hauled out above the tide line out of reach of their […]

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