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Victoria Whale Watching Adventures: Killer Whales, Up Close And Personal

By Ashley Winters

Killer whales, with their majestic dorsal fins and distinguished black and white markings, are instantly recognizable. It’s possible to get an up close and personal look at these magnificent creatures. If you go on a Victoria BC whale watching trip, you will see how each whale has its own personality and family.

Orcas, also known as killer whales, are actually the biggest members of the dolphin family. They are the most widespread mammal, after humans, and are found in every ocean. Fish, especially salmon and squid, are the favourite meals of resident pods. Transient whales like more variety in their diet. Like resident whales, they consume fish and squid, but they also enjoy marine mammals: dolphins, seals, sea lions, porpoises and other whales. Victoria BC whale watching passengers most often see resident pods, but it’s not uncommon for transient pods to swim by.

Most people can’t tell killer whales apart, but your Victoria BC whale watching guide can! In 1973, scientists began cataloging their differences. They took photos of their unique differences, including dorsal fins, scars, nicks and saddle patches. The documentation takes place every year and is so comprehensive that ever pod has its only family tree. The pods, J, K and L, call the Victoria BC whale watching district home, and together add up to almost 100 killer whales. During the peak season, passengers with Orca Spirit, a Victoria whale watching company, have a 95% chance of viewing a whale.

To have the best Victoria whale watching experience possible, adopt a whale! Through the BC Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program, you can not only “parent” an orca, but also learn about their fragile habitats, their place in the ecosystem and how researchers are protecting them. There are a few different adoption packages, but every one includes a killer whale “song” CD, a newsletter, a tote bag, an adoption certificate and a biography and photograph of your whale. Proceeds from the adoption directly assist orca research. Imagine how awesome it would be to go on a Victoria whale watching adventure and see your orca swim and frolic in the wild.

The more educated you are about killer whales, the more fulfilling your Victoria whale watching adventure will be. Be sure to ask your guide lots of questions, and do some research on whales before you go. Your guide is there to inspire you, teach you and ensure that killer whales will be around for future generations.

Before you go on your Victoria BC whale watching trip, check out this informative article on how to have the best Victoria whale watching adventure possible.

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Winters, Ashley "Victoria Whale Watching Adventures: Killer Whales, Up Close And Personal." Victoria Whale Watching Adventures: Killer Whales, Up Close And Personal. 7 Oct. 2010. 6 Sep 2014 <>.

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