Having a Whale of a Time

Trip Start Aug 23, 2006
Trip End Sep 11, 2006

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Thursday, September 7, 2006

Up early for another jog - did the perimeter road around Stanley Park which ended up being about 6.5 miles of very picturesque coastline!

Got to Granville Island for the Whale Watching by 09:15. To go out and see the whales we were on a large 24 seater speedboat where everyone sat in the front having to wear full body buoyancy suits. The journey out to sea was very fast and exhilarating!

Our tour guide Ashley was a qualified marine biologist who was very good as she told us about all the things we saw:
- adult and baby Harbour Seals
- Porpoises
- bald eagles
and that was all we thought we'd see! Ashley had just finished telling us that we weren't going to see any Whales and that we would be entitled to a voucher entitling us to come back when the captain got the call to say there had been a sighting. Off we sped to the sighting spot. It was worth the wait - we saw over a dozen Killer Whales (Orcas) including a 6 month old. They were playing, swimming and breaching (where they throw themselves up out of the water and flip over). What made it even more special is that these were "transient" whales which are much rarer to see, especially in big groups (than the "resident" killer whales).

By the time we'd come back to shore we'd been out at sea for 6 3/4 hours and were both knackered and had a light sheen of sea salt!!

After a shower and a snooze/"NFL Opening Night"[DCW] we wandered down to the hotel restaurant for food.
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