Saturday, September 13, 2008

Chasing the Orcas

It has been quite a week for me! So much to do to get ready for my trip to Quebec City on Monday. The weather here has been so good it is hard to focus. Every minute I want to get out in the sunshine and play!
I did get to play on Thursday. Last Christmas my daughters gave me a gift certificate for a whale watching tour that departs from Steveston. It turned out a beautiful day to be on the water and there were lots of whales about as you can see by the pictures that I posted on the side. The tour lasted about 4 hours and was so relaxing. The most difficult part was trying to balance a camera on a rocking boat to get some pictures.
These whales are Orca whales commonly known as Killer Whales despite the fact that I have never heard of them killing anything but seals and dolphins! In fact these poor mamals had such a bad reputation that at one time the military used to use them for shooting practice!! Can you imagine that! These lovely creatures are so elegant to watch and they are able to move so swiftly through the waters that we were constantly starting engines to move up to them. We are only able to get within 100 meters of the whales as the department of fisheries only allows for that in order to keep the whales from being too stressed. An accurate count of how many Orcas actually exist is unknown, but like most of the whale population it has diminished greatly. One of the problems is the pollution that is infecting them and causing their young to die. Terribly sad and should be a wake up call for all of us. I can not imagine a world without these beautiful animals.

I hope you enjoy the pictures!

2 comments:

  1. You have had quite the week! I'm loving the photos.

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  2. Whales are fascinating as well as beautiful creatures and our world would be very much the poorer without them.

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