Photo of the Week: Orca Whales in the Pacific Northwest


Whale watching in the San Juan Islands

We captured this week’s photo while on a whale watching excursion that departed from Victoria, British Columbia. One of the best spots to see orca whales is around the San Juan Islands in Washington State, about 45 minutes southeast of Victoria in the Salish Sea.

Our timing could not have been more perfect. There was a super pod feeding in the area, so the ocean was loaded with orca whales. According to our guide’s estimate, there were up to 88 orcas in the water that afternoon.

We would have been happy with one or two whale sightings, but we ended up seeing over 25 whales on that excursion. A fantastic stroke of good luck!

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Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 70 countries on 6 continents in the past 10 years. Learn more about their story here. Follow them on Instagram and subscribe to their monthly newsletter.