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Just How Smart Are Orcas, Dolphins & Porpoises, Really?

September 2, 2015

When curious Dall’s Porpoises investigate tour boats instead of the other way around (with the people on board investigating the animals), people often catch themselves wondering what they’re thinking. Dall’s are the most common types of porpoises that live in the waters between the southern coast of British Columbia and Vancouver Island. There’s a specific […]

Humpback Whales & Resident Orcas – September 2, 2015

September 2, 2015

This morning we searched for humpback whales in Juan de Fuca Straight and were able to find one that was slapping its 5 meter long pectoral fin repeatedly. We’re not sure why but possibly to communicate with the second humpback that we spotted soon after. And not long after that we realized that there were […]

Transient Orcas, Seals & Sea Lions – September 1, 2015

September 1, 2015

This morning we set off into the cloudy horizon with reports of Killer Whales. The We stopped at Race Rocks on the way as the whales were heading towards us. Race rocks is very active at this time of year with 100+ Sea Lions hauled out on the rocks! We then went searching for Orcas […]

Superpod Orcas & Humpback Whales – August 30, 2015

August 30, 2015

This morning, we headed out aboard the Pacific Explorer. Our journey took us several miles south of Discovery Island, where we encountered superpod! All three pods of orcas were slowly making their way towards San Juan Island. Our encounter started with a great look at the K13 matriline and the large male Scoter (K25). As […]

Humpbacks, Orcas & Minke Whale – August 28, 2015

August 28, 2015

To begin our day, we decided to venture out East towards San Juan Island. We explored the calm waters as we crossed the Haro Straight. Despite several groups of Harbour Porpoise, we continued on-ward, in search of large blows in the distance. Nearing Salmon bank, several guests jumped as two distinct plumes rose from the […]

L-Pod Orcas – August 26, 2015

August 26, 2015

This morning we ventured over to San Juan Island where we saw some member of L-Pod spread out and foraging over they area. Using the dorsal fin and saddle patch that are unique to every whale we were able to ID 41 year old Marina (L-47) and her youngest, 5 year old, son Mystic (L-115). […]

J-Pod & Humpback Whale – August 25, 2015

August 25, 2015

Warm and sunny out on the Strait of Juan de Fuca today with Orca Spirit Adventures! Our morning trip found members of our resident Orcas (J-16’s) travelling from Hein Bank to a mile off Salmon Point of the San Juan Islands. We floated alongside Slick and her new baby calf. Echo, Slick’s elder daughter was […]

J-Pod Orcas – August 23, 2015

August 23, 2015

This morning, we headed out aboard the Pacific Explorer with reports of orcas near East Point on Saturna Island inbound. It was a long journey, but we ended up encountering a large number of resident orcas near Java Rocks in Boundary Pass, The whales were very spread out, but we ended up finding a nice […]



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