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A very ‘active’ day in Active Pass-Aug 5th, 2011

A very excited group of customers hopped aboard the “Triple 8” whale watch vessel for our 2pm sailing. The sun was out in full force, and reports of killer whales coming north through Active Pass crackled on the radio. No wonder everyone was so keen to get out on the water! Off we went to meet the killer whales, but before we got there, we saw the massive Chilean sailing ship, Esmeralda. She can carry nearly 400 people and was in the Straight of Georgia on route to Vancouver for themaritime festival. And that wasn’t the only pre-orca treat the day had in store, a humpback whale was spotted just outside of Active Pass! We took the opportunity to watch it for a few minutes before it went on a long dive and out of sight. Then it was off to see the orcas! And did they ever give us an amazing show. All of J and K pod were together, traveling in close groups, socializing and breaching all the way up Active Pass and into the Straight of Georgia. There were plenty of spyhops (where the orca will poke its head out of the water to look around), tail slaps, and even some mating. This was one happy groups of orcas, and it was a delight to be in their company on such an occasion. Definitely one of the best days on the water this season!

Tasli Shaw, Naturalist and Photographer

J's and K's coming through Active Pass

J Pod breach

The Esmeralda