Kayaking and a VERY close experience with Killer Whales in Sooke, BC

Theyre All Around Us! Who knew when I woke up on this Thursday morning that it was going to be an extraordinary day that would produce a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was a beautiful afternoon with calm seas; so, Allan from West Coast Outdoor Adventure Rentals www.westcoastoutdoor.ca and I decided to take the Hobie kayaks for a spin. Heading out towards Secretary Island just off Sooke, BC in the Juan de Fuca Strait, we got word there was a large pod of Orcas close by. We were so excited to receive this news and at the prospect of seeing killer whales; we were immediately intrigued. As luck would have it, the whales were just as intrigued by us. We could see the whales were swimming near Otter Point, about a mile and a half from where we drifted and bobbed about like buoys in our kayaks. We could just make out the black specks of dorsal fins on the horizon. The killer whales were hugging the shoreline, so we were completely amazed at the events that would take place over the next 30 minutes. Even though we were in the open, usually turbulent, waters of the Juan de Fuca Strait, we were in a flood tide so paddling was smooth—effortless. We held our position and the whales got closer, and closer. The entire pod was heading our way. The pod got a little closer, then a lot closer. Then they were all around us! And under us! And beside us! A mother and her calf gave us an unbelievable experience; if I hadnt caught the scene on video, I would never have believed it. I can

25 Responses to “Kayaking and a VERY close experience with Killer Whales in Sooke, BC”

  1. Fantastisk oplevelse, jeg håber på, at Orka flokken få lov leve i frihed.
    Det er meget bedre and Sea World. Boykotte de steder og betal ikke for indgangs billetter.

  2. ur dumb, and lucky. if they felt like tipping you over and throwing you about for fun, they could have with easy

  3. stupid ass people !! never trust a killer whale assholes ur very lucky those whales didnt feel like playing …

  4. aw their all around us. hey their circling.hey their planning to eat m….Oh.
    lol good video

  5. @DiscoverSooke i love ur balls and all


  6. @TheRealViktor68 if his balls would to pop out wont that be a gift to see

    they would prob pop right into my mouth


  7. @DiscoverSooke they wont rust in my mouth


  8. @bradbbs i would love to lick those balls of steel

  9. what a cool video!

    Thanks for posting…. eh? lol….
    That must have been a ride! Killer Whales are very cool, I would have been nervous at a couple points, if not many points.

  10. chocstrawberry29 on November 22nd, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I would love to do that at least once in my lifetime, there is nothing more beautiful than Orcas in ocean.

  11. WOW That would be some wild but a lil scary shit. It’s trippy how you can see them go rite under ur kayak!!!

  12. eh. I think I would get a little freaked out.

  13. @bradbbs LOL no shit right??

  14. Augh GOD I will do this someday! I dont know If Im stupid or brave to do it but I would do it. To bad your never sure when its going to happen?

  15. DUDE!

  16. JIMMYJAMLUVESHORSES on November 22nd, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    this is amazing (:
    i’d love to do that. all day long (: beats seaworld im guessing
    i wanna move to somewhere loike dis

  17. ComeBounceAround on November 22nd, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    One things for sure,
    I am loving that hint of a Canadian accent.
    Making me miss homeeee.
    But this is a truly wonderful video, makes me want to do that, although i’d probably want to take the next step and try swimming with them which is clearly not the best of ideas. Hahaha.




  19. I would have been absolutely TERRIFIED. Just reading that description sounds like hunting behavior to me.

  20. xXdieXromanticXx on November 22nd, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    awww. RUFFLES!!!!!

    i wanna go there and do this so bad…..i love orcas <3

  21. @DJhectis

  22. Lol he looks so happy that there coming his way, I’de be like Sh*t! Let’s get the f*ck out of here!

  23. @shadowjman3 Nah at 6:09 when the thing was coming at him was creepy!

  24. I miss the Island. Very cool footage.

  25. definitely have to go there and see that. looks amazing

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