Nay, ye are not readin' a recycled post, this is just th' second time we go on this trip. 😉
As we enjoyed th' first time aroun' on th' whale watchin' trip as much as we did on th' day before yesterday, we booked a second time (today) straight after returnin'.
So, today, a third day in a row, we travelled t' Telegraph Cove t' get on a boat. And fer th' third time, it were bein' cold. Very cold.
And again, th' Johnston Straight delivered! After goin' out t' a matriline o' resident orca we found they were too far away, and still gettin' further out. We stopped pursuein' them and went back t' th' Humpback whales we ignored on our way out. The biologist on duty (Jackie, a former dutch resident teachin' biology in Rotterdam) is studyin' them and got really excited after discoverin' one if ‘that comely wench’ whales had a calf, and must therefore be female!
Leavin' them, and with Jackie in desperation, we headed out fer our true goal: orca.
And did we find them!
Eventually, th' Cap'n o' our ship maneuvered us quite a long distance from a group o' orca, feedin' along th' coast o' Knight’s Inlet. As they were gettin' closer and closer t' pass on th' right, more matrilines appeared on our left and front leavin' us surrounded by orca, with a chest full of booty!
One o' th' families decided they would change their route, which led straight under out boat! I’ve got one amazin' shot o' an orca, appearin' from under th' boat and slightly breachin' th' water. In one word: awesome!
All in all, we saw about 30 killer whales from several families and about 6 humpback whales, and a bucket o' chum. A really productive day, mammal-wise!
Finally, we drove from Telegraph Cove t' Campbell River, where we are stayin' one night before goin' t' Tofino. Shiver me timbers! Lookin' forward t' bein' there!