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J & K-Pod Orcas – August 6, 2015

August 6, 2015

This evening, we spent time with a large group of Southern Resident orcas off San Juan Island. It was an incredible tour, as we watched members of J and K pod work their way slowly north. We witnessed some incredible behaviors, including cartwheels, spyhops and some very entertaining antics from a young calf! You can […]

What do Orcas Mean to the Aboriginal People of BC?

August 5, 2015

We live in one of the most majestic and natural corners of the entire globe. From its highest peaks to its deepest depths, British Columbia is home not only to some of our country’s most powerful animals, but to our nation’s most powerful people. The aboriginal people of BC have shared a spiritual kinship with […]

Transient Orcas & Humpback Whales – August 4, 2015

August 4, 2015

Tuesday was a very lucky day for us! We had beautiful weather and the opportunity to visit Race Rocks Ecological Reserve where we found a group of Bigg’s mammal eating killer whales hunting for seals that frequent this area. We waited outside the reserve so as not to disturb there hunting. Bigg’s Killer Whale hunt […]

J & K-Pod Orcas – August 2, 2015

August 2, 2015

This morning, we left aboard the Pacific Explorer and headed east towards San Juan Island. We encountered members of J-pod near a weather buoy about 5 miles south of Discovery Island. We immediately noticed the antics of the young calves in the J-16 matriline. Most of the whales were traveling in tight formation, and were […]

Humpback Whales & Orcas – August 1, 2015

August 1, 2015

This morning, we received reports of orcas traveling across the Victoria waterfront. We encountered members of J-pod traveling east towards San Juan Island just minutes from the harbour. The large group of whales included Blackberry (J27), as well as Shachi (J19) and her new calf J51. The group traveled in resting formation, which is always […]

J and K-Pod Orcas – July 31, 2015

July 31, 2015

As the eager crew transited out of the Victoria harbour, they had eyes scanning the horizon. No reports had come in yet, so the pressure was on. Only 20 minutes into the search, we came across K-pod just south of Trial Island. All the guest aboard were thrilled to watch this group of resident, fish-eating […]

Orca News – K12 Baby Bump?

July 31, 2015

An educated rumor has began circulating regarding the K12 Matriline of the Southern Resident Killer Whales.  K12, commonly know as Sequim, is rumored to be pregnant! A few days ago members of the Pacific Whale Watching Association and The Center for Whale Research noticed a little “Baby Bump” on the 43 year old matriarch.  Within the last year, all presumed […]

Humpbacks & Orcas! – July 30, 2015

July 30, 2015

This morning, we headed out aboard the Orca Spirit II in search of orcas and other cetaceans. Under sunny skies and with calm seas, we headed south of Victoria near Constance Bank. There we found a couple of humpbacks, likely a mother and a young juvenile whale. A highlight of the trip was some pectoral […]

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