Orcas play in my back yard!

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)


Majestic Pender Oceanfront

 

Here is a quick glimpse of a part of this "best protected boating waters in the world" region...the Canadian Gulf Islands enjoy this closeness to nature!

Power boats, sailboats (especially sailboats!) ply these waters, with an archipeligo of Islands floating in Georgia Strait (now also called by its historic name, the Salish Sea), from the southern tip of Vancouver Island all the way to the northern tip, at Cape Scott.   The Canadian islands are nestled in the lee shore of the larger Vancouver Island, and so they enjoy a "rain shadow" effect.

The Southern Gulf Islands are close relatives of the nearby San Juan Islands grouping, and they both enjoy this temperate microclimate known as "cool Mediterranean". 

Once, returning from delivering a video of a Salt Spring Island property to a potential buyer, now in Friday Harbour on San Juan Island, I had the experience of a lifetime.    It's only about an hour, in a 22 foot boat, with a 50 horse motor, between these two islands.    In Friday Harbour, everyone kept saying:  "have you seen the whales, have you seen the whales?".    No, we hadn't.

On the trip back to Salt Spring, just off the Pender Bluffs (where the photo above was taken), we could see the zodiacs and the orange-suited wet gear of the whale watchers, way off in the distance.    Suddenly, right behind us, there was a "whoosh" sound.  

We cut the motor, and sat there, totally surrounded by what turned out to be 13 whales, an Orca pod that cruised this area on a regular basis...big to baby sized.    We became, for a moment, part of the pod.    They looked at us as they rolled past, heading purposefully north...

I don't think we spoke for a good 20 minutes.    It was amazing....lucky me!

 

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I think when we collide briefly, with beings that can look us in the eye (those whales made eye contact!), then it's always very inspiring.

December 30, 2009 05:01 PM
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Laura Cerrano
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Oh, I loved this picture and reading about your beautiful areas!  It must have been quite a sight to see.  I went whale watching once and were fortunate enough to see two beautiful whales playing in the water and just remember being in awe!

December 30, 2009 09:29 PM
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Steve and Jan Bachman
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If I lived where you live, I think the practice of real estate would seem like a vacation compared to the shlepping around in heavy traffic we do. I am kind of jealous. No I AM jealous.

What great pictures! Happy New Year!

December 31, 2009 08:56 AM
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Scott Larson
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I like to fish but this bird could eat my boat.

December 31, 2009 08:57 AM
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Happy New Year, everyone!  

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