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March 29, 2016 – Humpback Whales

March 29, 2016

Sunshine and flat calm waters is the first step to a great tour. As we made our way northeast up the Haro Strait, we were greeted with the almighty view of Mount Baker. With eagles flying high in the sky in every direction you always had something stunning to view. Soon enough we had something […]

March 26, 2016 – Humpback Whale, Seals & Sea Lions

March 26, 2016

Today, we headed out into Juan De Fuca Strait aboard the Pacific Explorer. With calm seas and excellent sighting conditions, passengers and crew were excited about what this trip might bring. The first stop of our trip was Race Rocks Ecological reserve. Race Rocks was spectacular this afternoon. On our trip through Race Rocks, we […]

March 18, 2016 – Spring is Here!

March 18, 2016

A northerly wind had us gliding down the 2 foot swells on our way in search of wildlife. With previous sightings of whales to the south we soon found our way at Race Rocks ecological marine reserve. With so much of our wildlife migrating in and out of the area you never know what you’ll […]

The Orca Families Living in BC’s Coastal Waters

February 10, 2016

There’s really no substitute for the real thing, and when it comes to animals – wild animals living their lives as they’ve done for thousands of years – the behaviours we’re fortunate enough to witness drive this point home. For Orca Spirit’s Rachael Merrett, an encounter with an orca when she was six years old […]

Southern Resident Orca Calf Update

February 2, 2016

In just 13 months, the critically endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population has received a real boost in the number of new family members! With 9 new babies born, renewed hope has been sparked amongst all those that love these whales after two and a half years of no calves surviving. Local research groups have […]

The Hidden Orca Behaviours You’ll Only See in the Wild

January 27, 2016

For Rachael Merrett, it’s difficult to put a finger on the real reason she’s drawn to the Orca whales of the pacific northwest and British Columbia’s coastal waters. “It’s partly selfish,” Rachael says. “I simply need to go see them. There’s a connection that I’ve always felt, and I’m only satisfied in my career when […]

Sea Lions & Sea Otters Are Moving to Race Rocks

January 13, 2016

Every other hundred years or so, a naturally-occurring habitat about which we think we know everything undergoes a dramatic shift. And yes, a furry sea otter pup being born at Race Rocks Lighthouse represents a dynamic shift. It’s not s huge surprise for Rachael Merrett of course, even if it’s so hard to fathom for […]

Rachael Merrett – “We Can Learn So Much From Them (Orcas)”

December 21, 2015

“Everything they do in the wild is by choice.” That’s Rachael Merrett, one of the friendly faces you’ll see leading the way on Orca Spirit’s Whale Watching adventures. Rachael lives and breathes orca whales, it’s an obsession she’s held ever since she saw these magnificent creatures in the wild as a child. I caught up […]

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