Field Report # 2 – The Right Place at the Right Time to see Killer Whales in the Wild

Have you ever had the feeling you’re in the right place at the right time? That moment when all the stars seem to align and you’ve got a front row seat to one of the best shows on earth?

Right place right time

No matter how long we’ve been paddling these waters, seeing Orcas approach never gets old. For last week’s group, getting this sort of up-close-and-personal view of the A23s as they swam by will be something they’ll always remember and talk about for days (maybe months) to come.

The week started off a bit rough – the weather wasn’t the most cooperative and, as of the start of the trip, the Northern Residents had yet to sound into the Johnstone Strait. We spent our first few days orientating our guests to Orca Camp, helping the group perfect their paddling technique by taking shorter trips nearby our camp. We met up with the wardens that protect the waters of the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve and had a great chat about the need to protect Killer Whales in their natural habitat. Each day the group got stronger and were able to venture further afield. They were rewarded with their effort when out of the mist, that tell-tale fin appeared.

Out of the Mist an Orca Appears


Waiting for Whales

Of course when fins are up, our paddle are down and we quietly wait and scan the horizon, hoping to catch another glimpse of these great beauties. Patience paid off! Can you see the Orca surfacing at Bob’s one o’clock position?

Orca one oclock

The gentleman pictured above is 81 years old. He is a US veteran, a former river guide, and recent recipient of a pacemaker. Yet, there he was at Orca Camp, kayaking every day to fulfill a life-long dream to paddle with these Apex predators.

We often say Orca Camp is for everyone, and this gentleman is definitely proof of that.

There are still a few spots remaining in the 2015 season. Join us, won’t you? Call, or email us today to reserve your spot for (to borrow a phrase) one of the greatest shows on earth!


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July 27, 2015

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