Free Willy makes a comeback.
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August 30th, 2007 – by: silan
When my aunt was done work, we all hopped in the car and took the ferry to Quadra Island, to Heriot Bay where there's an inn where we had dinner. It was a beautiful day and we sat on the patio and watched the sun disappear behind the mountains. It was there were Sam, her parents and I planned to return the next day to do some kayaking in the area.
Morning came and we took the ferry back to Quadra Island, ready to do some kayaking! It was cloudy and a bit windy, but we were ready for anything! We got to Heriot Bay where the kayaking company was based and got completely side tracked by a whale watching guide we had met the night before.
Now this was exciting! As much as we wanted to go kayaking, I'd never been whale watching before and the idea was intriguing! Our guide was great and very informative. We saw a lot of animals: seals, sea lions, porpoises, black bears, eagles, and of course... orcas! The area around Quadra Bay is a great place to go whale watching because there are actually relatively few whale watching boats in the area and plenty of whales, compared to places in Victoria and elsewhere on the Island where there are more boats than whales. We followed the whales down the passage for a little while. The rule is you can't go within 100m, but if they come to you, then it's alright. So our guide would drive the boat ahead of the pods and we'd watch as they all swam past us. In the end there were about 5-6 pods of 30-40 orcas around us. It was a great experience - the water was calm and the rain held out while we were outside watching the whales.
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