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- Killer whales - bowrudder - Nov-23-13 6:35 PM
Posted by: Canuka on Nov-23-13 8:23 PM (EST)
That's a LOT of orcas! Thanks.
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I like how they make mince meat|
Posted by: bowrudder on Nov-23-13 9:50 PM (EST)
out of the current. In a kayak, that would stop me cold in my tracks. But they just plunge ahead.
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My wife and I paddled in Johnstone|
Posted by: Jackl on Nov-24-13 9:24 AM (EST)
Straight, BC, for six miles with a pod of thirteen.
Power sight seeing boats have to keep a quarter mile, (400 meters) from them, and for paddle craft it is a hundred yards or 100 meters, but if they approach you, it is ok.
In our case, we spotted them in the distance coming toward us, and they came right up to us, (me). After picture taking when we started to paddle, they stayed right with us.
My wife got some awesome videos and stills, with a big one along side me. When the adults would leap, the smaller babies would leap right after them.
We camped that night on the beach in a First Nations camp ground, and one of the First Nations guys who stayed there and maintained the place gave us a lot of info about them.
The large pods that patrol the Straight, the residents) are harmless, and just feed on fish, but the transients who are either singles or pairs are very dangerous and feed on anything they can get. He told us of his grandfather relating that he saw one grab a moose that was standing in the water.
I asked him if they would go after a kayaker, he said he wouldn't want to be any where near one !
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Posted by: ppine on Nov-24-13 3:55 PM (EST)
I have seen one of the pods off the west coast of San Juan Island. The three pods or so in southern BC and the islands in WA seem habituated to boats. They are followed around by the tour boats out of Victoria.
You know you are too close when you can smell the salmon on their breath. Wonderful animals. They make women shreik and scream like they are having sex.
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Thanks Bowrudder. I would have liked|
Posted by: shirlann on Nov-24-13 8:00 PM (EST)
to be that person right down by the shoreline.
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Lots of them|
Posted by: Wayne_Smith on Nov-27-13 9:54 AM (EST)
I've paddled with lots of whales over the years, from Blue Whales down in size to Dolphins, and also Orcas.
I've had Belugas, Pilot Whales, and even a Fin Whale dive under my kayak. It never gets old. One of the greatest exciting things of my life to have happen.
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FYI San Juan Islands paddlers|
Posted by: salty on Dec-02-13 10:48 AM (EST)
Just so you know, kayakers are subject to the same rules as all other vessels concerning whales, distance off etc.
I Captained a large tour vessel in the islands for some time and the J,K,L,pods and transients are amazing to see. Hardest thing for paddlers, and even power vessels at times is staying clear of the animals. Fortunately I never got fined but I know good cautious operators who did! None of us can see whats happening under water and whales can surprise you. For paddlers I think you'll be fine so long as you don't pursue the whales, and if they are headed toward you and you can get ashore, or essentially on the shore you should do so. You have NOAA, Fish and Game, Sheriff's, Strait Watch, Soundwatch, CG watching. I think it's rare that kayakers get fined but I heard the radio traffic on many occasions about paddlers in the way. You can find the rules all over the place up there. If ever in doubt as to action to take contact the commercial guys, Soundwatch etc on 79 and they can coach you. Mostly common sense stuff try to keep 200 yds at all times.
Pollution and lack of food are the major stressors I believe. I had some NOAA spies on board one day and at days end we had a great chat. Ironically there's some data from a biologist in South America that suggests Orcas actually aren't bothered by vessels and are in fact curious and enjoy the interaction?? I don't know but I sure have to think noise is a huge issue. We shut down as often as possible and I sure tried to do the job respectfully as did other operators but I also recognize the dilemma..... Sharing a beautiful experience with folk Vs impact on the animals. Biologists say that kayaks are not free of impact on the whales as they can surprise the animals???? HMMMM I seriously doubt a kayaker will surprise an Orca in any manner!
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They have either changerd the rules|
Posted by: JackL on Dec-02-13 12:10 PM (EST)
or you are wrong.
When we were in Alaska and BC it was a quarter mile or 400 meters, for power boats, and 100 meters or 100 yards for paddle craft. The exception was if they came to you.
See my post above
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Posted by: suiram on Dec-02-13 1:05 PM (EST)
Legalise - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=77.15.740
In a more human readable format
This law was updated in 2012 to correspond with current federal regulations. It is now unlawful to:
Approach within 200 yards of a southern resident whale;
Position a vessel to be in the path of a southern resident whale at any point located within 400 yards of the whale. This includes intercepting a southern resident whale by positioning a vessel so that the prevailing wind or water current carries the vessel into the path of the whale at any point located within 400 yards of the whale. Vessels are defined as including aircraft, canoes, fishing vessels, kayaks, personal watercraft, rafts, recreational vessels, tour boats, whale watching boats, vessels engaged in whale watching activities, or other small craft including power boats and sailboats;
Fail to disengage the transmission of a vessel that is within 200 yards of a southern resident whale; or
Feed a southern resident whale
Notice that kayaks are explicitly mentioned precluding further arguments.
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