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An extraordinary experience with Orca

Orca have no natural predators. They’ll hunt Great White Sharks and are capable of systematically taking down a Blue Whale, the largest animal that has ever lived on our planet! A lone Sea Lion is certainly no match!  I observed this first hand in a once in a lifetime experience on September 24th, close to Lewis Channel, northeast of Campbell River. Calls came in over the VHF radio to our guide, Nick… Read More

Breaching Pacific White Sided Dolphin

Humpback Whale Vocalizations

A close encounter with Orca

Ironically, I was hoping to see Orca when I was out last with Nick Templeman from Campbell River Whale & Bear Excursions and his dog Yukon – #chiefwhalespotter. Instead, I got to see Pacific White Sided Dolphins. Orca are their top predator. The Dolphins were very fast and hard to track but there was lots of breaching and luckily I was able to get a few pictures that I am very happy… Read More

An interesting note about marine biology and evolution

What a great time recently with my friend Nick Templeman, Owner / Operator with Campbell River Whale & Bear Excursions – campbellriverwhaleandbearexcursions.com It took us a little bit to find T087 and the A24’s but it was definitely worth the wait. I think we owe it all to Nick’s dog, Yukon #chiefwhalespotter     If you’re looking for a truly unique, personalized and one of a kind experience, look no further than Nick. His extensive… Read More

Talk about being in the right place at the right time, this is only about a 10 minute drive from my place on Vancouver Island. I have yet to actually see an orca for myself, surprising I know. A reminder to everyone to respect marine wildlife viewing practices. In this case it seems that the pod approached the kayaks. Still, it would be advisable to vacate the area in this kind of… Read More