The cougar



“Fishing” and “whale watching”. Now that summer is here & I’ve begun participating in both activities, I’m giving the words a think.
I haven’t caught any fish while “fishing” nor have I seen any whales while “whale watching”. Yet here I am on the outside deck of the bc ferries commute from Quadra Island to my Campbell River practice/work ~ whale searching!? The sun is out. Isn’t that all that really matters? Can’t look overboard & type at the same time, while looking for whales. B-bye.

20120621-090746.jpg did you spot the whale?

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D is for Dolphins and B is for Bear!

It was take your wife to work weekend. My husband (wow, that’s still crazy to say in month 5) has been pretty busy this summer so if I want to see him, I thought I’d tag along to his work. His Port MacNeil employer is very kind and offered for me to boat with them to a remote, helicopter fly-in fishing resort called Nimmo Bay. On BC map- east of top of Vancouver Island, actually on mainland but boat or flight access only.
We also stopped in Sullivan Bay ~ a ritzy float cabin community of retired yachters.

I was promised whales but it was too early in the season (though I looked non-stop). I got to be Jen-geographic and here’s a sampling of the 448 photos I took:

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whale farts & squeals

taken tonight from the shore out front

Five hours of whale action this late afternoon / sunset. Spectacular. They made so much noise. I was down at the water’s edge, with my feet in… about 800 meters away. I cant believe I don’t have a video camera. More photos to come but here’s a sneak peak. They were still there after it got black & hearing them in the dark was almost scary. They squealed ad farted and blew some loud air.

I’m totally committed to getting in the kayak if they return.

3 days of whale awesomeness.

169 ORCA whale photos!

My MAKE SOMETHING EVERY DAY today was 169 whale photos. I took a few from our hot tub, a few while hanging clothes on the line… I won’t bore with you with too many but you get the idea:

orange whale watching tour boats with tourists in orange survival suits is a good sign to grab the camera!

Today I heard the boat, not the blow holes, first. The boat is pointing towards the house so I run for camera and my gumboots. In my fantastic house outfit.. I storm the beach.

Also storming the beach are Gortex, hip sack wearing, non-English speaking, European tourists – crossing OUR lawn! We are all very excited, waving our arms, me half naked. lol. My neighbour downstairs slept through the whole thing, including me yelling his name, Amos barking at me yelling and pounding on his door.

There were 3 orcas at first for about 10 minutes. Longest they have hung out in one place – mind you there were  about 10 scotchmen bobbing out there, over crab and orawn traps. Salmon have been jumping here for a month or so.  Then they swam south to the trail at the end of our street and joined 3 others.

Hello orca friends. I love you.

super noisy smashing about!


of course, the whales at engagement rocks

Hope you enjoyed my share. Commentswelcomed. Now, I’m off to work!


ORCAS, always with the ORCAS

What the day looked like


Brilliant day to live at the beach, yesterday! I woke to loons crying, in the fog ~ outside my bedroom window. Later in the aft,  I was painting. Yes, today’s Make Something Every Day was painting. Just warming back into it. Im trying to use up old canvases and a box of paints we got for 50 cents at a garage sale on the Loop, recently. The womyn said they were her late mother’s and she was an artist. Many thanks~

So there I am on the deck with Amos and my paints and I feel it in my chest like a thumping, then I hear it with my ears like an elephant roaring.. the BLOW HOLE of an ORCA. I jump up, spill stuff, stub my toe (drama ensues trying to get my camera, the big member attached and flips on ~ in time to run down to the shoreline). And I see them, two beauties.. for about 3 minutes.

ORCA fin, about 200 meters away.

I’ve for sure taken better photos, this is just for evidence purposes. I’m ALWAYS looking for whales. Corey sees them ALL the time, at camp..breaching etc..

I’m not kidding, no less than 5 minutes later I see this from the north…

and at the same time, this from the south…

The whales didn’t have a chance for privacy today. Whale watching guides up the ying yang.

I had a peek-see on Wika KILLER WHALE WIKI PAGE for more info on orcas. Some facts I didn’t know / remember:

size of the whale compared to Corey. lol.

  • Killer whales are regarded as apex predators, lacking natural predators.
  • Killer whales distinctively bear a black back, white chest and sides, and a white patch above and behind the eye.
  • Calves are born with a yellowish or orange tint, which fades to white.
  • Killer whales have a heavy and robust body (more so than other dolphins) and a large dorsal fin up to 2 metres (6.6 ft) tall.
  • Population in Canada    2,250–2,700 off the cooler northeast Pacific.
  • Killer whales have the second-largest brains among marine mammals.

Bill Reid's jade Killer Whale.. one of my top 5 fav sculptures