Tharrrr she blows!

Today has been all about whales and trying to find them. And not any regular type whales, we are targeting orca!

First off, we left from the hotel in Port Hardy for a one hour drive to the boat stationed at Telegraph Cove. After a quick an well made coffee (thanks!) We embarked on a 3.5 hour voyage into Johnston Straight to go hunting for the elusive killer whales.
Right after we left the port the captain heard other whaling vessels chatter about a pod of ‘transient’ orcas hanging around quite a distance away. So he gunned it. 2 500 horsepower Caterpillar engines revved up and made us go fast. 😉

There’s actually a lot of non-connected groups and extended families amongst the recognized types of orca (not subspecies!); resident, transient and offshore orca. The first and latter types eat fish, the transient pedal live between the gulleys and the open ocean and feed on marine mammals. Offshore orca very rarely come anywhere near the shores while resident orca live right off the beaches and islands.

To avoid boring everyone with the chase of orca and humpback and the excitement amongst us, here is a list of animals we encountered:
Dall’s porpoise
Humpback whale
A lot of birds, I don’t know the names of. 🙂

Tomorrow an equally exciting day as we are going on the hunt for grizzly bears!


4 thoughts on “Tharrrr she blows!”

  1. Ha die maarten, gaaf om te lezen weer hoor.
    Maar kleine correctie, orca is geen whale hè (1e alinea)…. orca is een dolfijn! Haha maar dat doet niets onder aan de gave ervaringen!
    Geniet nog van de rest van de vakantie!

    Groetjes, mark.

  2. Dus het vroege opstaan was het waard? 😉

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  3. Hoihoi, leuk om te lezen dat jullie zoveel beleven daar! Hebben jullie veel orcas gezien? Lijkt me echt gaaf om te zien zo’n midden op het water op een boot. Nog een fijne, ondernemende vakantie! Geniet ervan, groetjes christa

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