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May 22, 2017 – Transient Orcas & Minke Whale

May 22, 2017

We could not believe the weather as we headed out of the harbour this afternoon on the hottest day of the year so far. Flat calm seas and bright sun provided the perfect spotting conditions as we headed up Haro Strait in search of our favorite black and white animals. The word on the water […]

May 19, 2017 – Bigg’s Killer Whales

May 19, 2017

19:30 Cruise Departure MV Orca Mist departed into the calm evening waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The vessel transited east in the Strait towards Sea Bird Point on Discovery Island. Off the tip of sea bird point, we encountered a group of Bigg’s Killer Whales (probable identification of the T37A’s and T37B’s) […]

May 15, 2017 – Transient Orcas, Seals & Sea Lions

May 15, 2017

This morning was the perfect example of why Victoria is such a hot spot destination for whale watching. As we exited the harbour travelling south towards the towering Olympic mountains, a blow appeared on the horizon. That blow belonged to a humpback whale feeding not far from Victoria! As we spent time with this majestic […]

May 12, 2017 – Bigg’s Killer Whales & Chain Islet

May 12, 2017

We departed the dock on the MV Pacific Explorer and proceeded east in the Strait of Juan de Fuca towards Haro Strait. Off the west side of San Juan Island, we encountered a group of four Bigg’s killer whales (mammal-hunters) entering the Lime Kiln Park. The T101 group, which consist of the female matriarch T101 […]

May 10, 2017 – Transient Orcas, Seals, Sea Lions

May 10, 2017

We started our morning tour off with thoughts of searching west. The weather wasn’t in our favour so we pushed on east towards San Juan Island. Deep in search with many other vessels in the industry, we got the report of Orca’s spotted from land on Sidney Island. Thanks to the help of Russ in […]

Humpbacks, Transient Orcas, Sea Otter, Seals & Sea Lions

May 8, 2017

Perfect glass water met us as we exited the harbour this morning on our search for wildlife. We didn’t need to go far before encountering a large group of Transient or mammal-eating Killer Whales! This group was made up of a family of 6 whales called the T100s and 3 whales belonging to the T86A […]

April 22, 2017 – Earth Day Transient Orca Sightings

April 22, 2017

HAPPY EARTH DAY! There could not be a better way to celebrate the awesomeness of nature on Earth Day, than by going out into nature to see the ocean’s top predator! Our diverse group of guests from all around the world- England, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Nova Scotia- set out on a journey to see […]

A Record Breaking 2016

December 18, 2016

Here at Orca Spirit, we can’t believe another whale watching season has come and gone. The flurry of activity from spring until winter makes the time fly by, but every season is unique and memorable no matter how busy we get. The 2016 season was full of surprises, from unexpected visitors, record setting sightings of […]

A Story About a Famous Orca Whale That Wished He Wasn’t Famous

September 29, 2016

It’s quiet under the water. Floating effortlessly inches beneath the surface of the tank, the lone orca whale lists lazily, his muscles completely relaxed. It’s his frayed nerves that are on edge. A large clap on the surface of the water proves that anxiety to be warranted. Hungry and agitated, he jerks into motion toward […]



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