Tharrrr she blows!

Nay, ye are not readin' a recycled post, this is just th' second time we go on this trip, and a bucket o' chum. 😉

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, by Blackbeard's sword. Very cold.

And again, th' Johnston Straight delivered! And swab the deck! 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! Aarrr!

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! And hoist the mainsail!
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 hoist the mainsail! And hoist the mainsail! 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. Lookin' forward t' bein' there, avast!

Tharrrr she blows!

Today has been all about whales and tryin' t' find them. And not any regular type whales, we are targetin' orca!

First off, we left from th' hotel in Port Hardy fer a one hour sail t' th' boat stationed at Telegraph Cove. After a quick an well made coffee (thanks!) We embarked on a 3.5 hour voyage into Johnston Straight t' go huntin' fer th' elusive killer whales.
Right after we left th' port th' Cap'n heard other whalin' vessels chatter about a pod o' ‘transient’ orcas hangin' aroun' quite a distance away, pass the grog! So he gunned it. 2 500 horsepower Caterpillar engines revved up and made us go fast. 😉

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

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

Tomorrow an equally excitin' day as we are goin' on th' hunt fer grizzly bears!