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Victoria, B.C. Orca Sightings & Marine Wildlife Reports — Weekly Summary

For the 2014 Whale Watching season Reports visit our Captain's Log

An Abundant April!

An Abundant April!

sealionsWhat an amazing start to spring it has been!  With sightings reports every day, there has been so much excitement on the water!  All throughout the Salish Sea has shown an abundance of marine wildlife from Transient and even Resident Orcas to a humpback sighting and some Greys!  We've seen Staller and California Sea Lions, Harbour seals, Elephant Seals, Bald Eagles, Cormorants, and a plethora of other sea birds, not to mention the warm weather and sunshine didn’t hurt either!

Grey Whale April 10thWe’ve had sightings of some “lost” Grey Whales within the Southern Gulf islands and Puget Sound, likely finding food sources on their migration north.  Some Transient Orcas have also taken notice and have been caught taunting a few of their young.  So far no reports of any attacks. 

k-7- open saddle patchAmazingly early in the year we were astounded to welcome K pod home to their local waters.  There have been several reports of playful and feeding activity.  Could this mean an early start for the Residents’ return this year?  I guess the Salmon stocks will be the tell-tale sign.

940Earlier in the month we had the pleasure of joining the University of Victoria's Whale Lab for the 2014 Marine Naturalist Course. This program was put on by some wonderful instructors and some very informative guest speakers. We’re excited to be using some new education material in our Marine Education Center this summer.

 

2014 Season Start-up!

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 It's hard to believe it's that time again already but we're very excited to be gearing up for our 2014 season.  Spring has officially sprung and we can say good riddance to the long winter cold (okay, maybe it wasn't THAT cold- this is Victoria after-all).  Cherry blossoms are out with the promise of spring, bringing the excitement of new life, and as a reassurance the wildlife sightings are beginning to pop up all around us! April 1st marks the start of our Whale Watching season and we sure are eager to get back on the water! The boats are tuned up and our captains and naturalists are excited to be back out there next week, to show our guests the amazing beauty of Victoriaʼs coastline and the wildlife that call it home.
 
 
We've just come back from the Pacific Rim Whale Festival, hosted in the SECOND most picturesque place on Vancouver Island:Tofino (second to Victoria of course)! This festival celebrates the annual return of migrating Pacific Grey Whales to the coastal waters of the communities of Tofino, Ucluelet and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. An estimated 20,000 Grey Whales make the journey each year from the Baja Peninsula’s breeding and calving lagoons in Mexico, toward their summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi Seas near the Arctic. 
 
booth photo smallWe were honoured to be a sponsor for the interpretive education events this year, boasting a colourful booth at the Maritime Kid's days in Ucluelet and Tofino.  Although we see an abundance of marine wildlife year-round off the coast of Southern Vancouver Island, Grey Whales rarely frequent the waters of the Juan de Fuca Strait.  It was a treat to observe several Grey’s from the shore as we soaked up the sunshine-yes, sunshine!- from the shores of the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet.  It was a wonderful experience to inform the local children about the Southern Resident Whales we are so fortunate to see here so regularly.  In turn, they taught us a thing or two about their travelling friends enduring the longest migration in the world!

2013 Season Wrap-Up

2013 Season Wrap-Up

Another Great Season of Whale Watching for 2013!

 Everyone at Orca Spirit Adventures would like to thank our guests for joining us on another thrilling season on the water!  We were reminded once again that Victoria, B.C. really is the best place in the Pacific Northwest to see Killer Whales along with the most abundant array of marine wildlife that the Salish Sea has to offer...