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Prince Rupert Travel Blog

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A few blows and then dive: tail time!
I took the ferry from Vancouver island to Prince Rupert, it's an expensive 12 hour boat ride (if you take your car as I did) but you do get nice views of the 'Inner Passage', the shipping route along the coast which weaves through tons of islands. 'Remote' got an even newer meaning to me as some of the villages on the way are only connected to 'civilisation' by a really long boat or sea plane ride. Some of the towns seem to be 'First Nation' only affairs. And on the way you can spot whales if you're lucky. Which I was although this lonely whale was a bit far away before I caught sight of it.
So I was happy to take a whale watching tour when I arrived in Prince Rupert. It's pretty amazing to see these huge animals up close, although I must say it would have even be better to jump in with an air tank and say hello eye to eye :). I never realised how fairly predictable whales swim, they seem to move in a more or less straight line, come up 3-5 times with a nice blow of water and then dive lifting their huge tails into the air. These were 15m long humpback whales, no Orcas around this time...
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A few blows and then dive: tail ti…
A few blows and then dive: tail t…
First nation village on the way …
'First nation' village on the way…
More remoteness on the way
More remoteness on the way
Really big fish: 15m long humpback…
Really big fish: 15m long humpbac…
I guess I got so used to seeing fi…
I guess I got so used to seeing f…
Theres one in the background
There's one in the background
What if: seeing whales underwate…
'What if': seeing whales underwat…
The last light house before Alaska.
The last light house before Alaska.
Prince Rupert. It seems to rain he…
Prince Rupert. It seems to rain h…
Totem pole!
Totem pole!
Prince Rupert
photo by: Adrian_Liston