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Jim Zakreski

Marine Biologist

So how did a kid from Saskatchewan, Canada, become a marine biologist? That’s easy! He moved to Vancouver Island. In 1994, Jim received his BSc in biology from the University of Victoria. A few stints as a marine biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada led him to realize that his greatest strength as a scientist was to be in the field. 

For the last 21 years, Jim has been a captain and a marine biologist in the whale-watching industry of southern Vancouver Island, where he hones his wildlife-spotting skills primarily in the search for orcas, his passion. He shares this passion for all creatures, great and small. Guiding people so that they too can enjoy these wonders comes natural to Jim.

Working with Quark Expeditions for 8 Antarctic seasons and 3 Arctic seasons as a marine biologist has been a dream-come-true job for Jim. A keen photographer who enjoys a good laugh and a long Zodiac ride, he is always scanning the horizons for more adventure.