The whale watching operation was very organized from start to finish. We opted for the mostly covered boat instead of the open Zodiak type boats.. After boarding we proceeded at high speed to an area off San Juan Island and immediately began seeing Killer Whales popping up to breathe. We also saw Mother and calf swimming together. We saw about 60 Orcas of the resident pod. Some surfaced close to the boat. All during the time we were on station, Jen, a recent marine science graduate from the University of Victoria, and two others gave us information about Orcas in general and specifics about the individual Orcas in the three resident pods we were viewing. They also answered questions.
The experience was worth every penny and exceeded the expectations of my group of friends. We would like very much to go whale watching with B.C. Whale Watching again.
We got some great pictures, but wished we had a telephoto lens for the camera. The best pictures I got were using the video function on my camera. You have a wide area to watch and you never know where the whales will pop up next.
It was recommended that we wear layered clothing topped with a rain/wind proof jacket or coat.
This is very good advise. It was a moderate temp day, but felt much colder on the water. Be prepared. No fooling!
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