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

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Introducing: Ocean Adventures Club

kids aquariumOrca Spirit Adventures and World Fisheries Trust have joined forces to create an interactive educational program, designed to introduce the marine environment around Vancouver Island to students and school groups.

The Ocean Adventures Club begins with a half-hour interactive interpretation with a marine naturalist in The Orca Spirit Education Room.  World Fisheries Trust has set-up a salt water touch tank aquarium to showcase the creatures in our surrounding ocean.  

The group will head out onto the water in Orca Spirit Adventures’ Covered Vessel, to enjoy a three-hour eco-adventure, to view whales and marine creatures in the wild.  Our University trained biologist will teach you about ocean diversity and whale behaviours in our oceans.
 
September is the most affluent month for marine mammal activity in the Salish Sea.  Our sightings include Orcas (both Resident and Transient), Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Harbour Seals, California and Steller Sea Lions, Dall’s Porpoises, Harbour Porpoises, Otters and a plethora of marine birds incuding Cormorants and Bald Eagles.

New Salt Water Aquarium & Touch Tank

New Salt Water Aquarium & Touch Tank
We at Orca Spirit Adventures are very excited to introduce the newest edition to our Education Room: a saltwater aquarium and touch tank, courtesy of World Fisheries Trust and The Seaquaria Program.  
 
The Seaquaria in-school program introduces Coastal BC in schools from kindergarten to grade 12, by setting up temporary homes for local marine life.  The marine creatures are cared for by students themselves giving them a hands-on education and helps to build respect and stewardship skills.  Seaquaria is currently doing an Indigogo campaign to raise enough funds to keep this program going and we’re doing everything we can to help.  
 
We are very lucky to have one of their temporary installments in our Education room for the remainder of our season.  Stop by and say hello to our newest creatures and learn a little more about our coastal marine environment. 
 
Please help to keep this essential education program going on our coast.  This campaign closes on June 28th and they have only reached $5000 (half of their campaign goal) so far.
 
To find out how you can help, check out their website at www.worldfish.org and their  video as well.
 
Thanks for reading! 
 

Super Pod!

Super Pod!
Working in the marine industry on the west coast of Vancouver Island is filled with so much beauty and daily excitement.   Most days we have absolutely gorgeous weather, we see wildlife in abundance and have an amazing backdrop that is the Salish Sea.  As naturalists out there every day, we are so fortunate to see this backdrop, wildlife and whales all the time!  Some say we may get sick of it after a while... Not a chance! There is nothing like the feeling of coming on scene with Southern Resident Killer Whales: An endangered species, Apex Predator and a Keystone Species to our ecosystem. So majestic and magnificent, it takes our breath away every time.  
 
IMG 6020But what is it that tops it all?  What really gets our hearts pumping and toes tapping? One word that all Naturalists on the water live for:  SUPERPOD!  This is the term for when all three pods of the Southern Resident Killer Whale Community come together to play, mate and forage.  Just imagine witnessing this behavior with 80 Orcas all together!  Some breaching, some tail slapping, it's like a synchronized "Orca-stra" out there.  July 2nd marked the return of all three pods to the Salish Sea and you better believe we were there to witness!