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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Orcas and Contest - May 5

What a great day! Orcas, some possibly from G-Pod and Transients as well. As for something different, I have included information on a contest that could win someone a great cruise. Look for it below the Sightings Reports.

Please note that for some unknown reason, my yesterday's post did not go out to subscribers. It contained the report about the Northern Resident G-Pod farther south than usual - and Harbour Porpoises. Click here to view yesterday's report.

May 5:
Radio call came in from a commercial boat at 9 am about 10 or more Killer Whales by Copper Bluffs near Campbell River. The whales were moving quite quickly heading for Seymour Narrows in a north-west direction.

May 5:
One of the Campbell River Whale Watching boats was out and managed to find the 12 Orca by Chatham Point, just at the lower start of Johnstone Strait around 12 pm, where they stayed and foraged for about an hour. I had hoped to get an update as to whether or not the whales actually were from G-Pod or if they were Transients, but I never did hear from him. Instead, I received a heads up about...read on:

May 5:
Thanks to Elizabeth, who gave me a call around 2:30 pm about a pod of Orca by Beach Gardens, just below Grief Point, Powell River heading North. I quickly managed to get out in the skiff with my daughter and found the Transient (meat eating) Orca close by the mill. This is a favorite spot for Transients to find Sea Lions and Seals. There were between 9 and 12 Whales split into to groups. A group of four headed towards Harwood Island while the rest had a late lunch closer to the mill. They stayed in the area till around 5:00 pm and we left them by Atrevida Reef, heading towards Savary Island and Lund. I have not had a chance to look at any of the photos I took.
Susan MacKay Whales and Dolphins BC

May 5:
At 7:49 pm:
Hi Susan
Just saw 4or5 Orcas right in front of our house at Bliss. Looked like there was a small one. Very exciting.
John H B

Bliss Landing is across from the Copeland Island, just North of Lund and just before Sarah Point and the entrance to Desolation Sound.

The Way I Sea It is a blogging contest by Living Oceans Society where contestants share an experience that inspired them to make a difference, in 300 words or less. The contest will be launched on May 3, and will run until June 5. After writing a story about an inspiring experience, the contestants will then try to get as many people as possible to vote for their entry. Our panel of judges will select the winning entry from the five contestants that generate the most votes. The panel consists of Jennifer Lash from Living Oceans Society, Maureen Gordon from Maple Leaf Adventures, and Colleen Kimmett from The Tyee. Living Oceans Society will announce the winner on June 8, World Oceans Day.

The lucky winner’s prize is six-day adventure cruise by sail from Maple Leaf Adventures along British Columbia’s coast and the opportunity to write a few guest posts for Water Blogged, Living Oceans Society’s blog. This trip of a lifetime on the 95-ton schooner Maple Leaf with her gourmet chef and welcoming crew, features personal guides, whale watching, sailing, and hiking in the 200+ rainforest islands of B.C.’s Broughton Archipelago. The trip is the Whales and Totems Tour of the Great Bear Rainforest from August 28 to September 3, 2011.

This contest is geared toward Canadians who are engaged in civil society and who love to travel, especially along B.C.’s beautiful coast. Our target audience is people between 20 and 65 years old who enjoy outdoor recreation and eco-tourism, are social-media savvy, and are somewhat concerned about environmental issues. Canadian citizens, excluding Quebec residents, will be eligible to enter the contest, and anyone can vote for participants.

The contest website is www.livingoceans.org/thewayiseait.

About us: Living Oceans Society has been a leader in the effort to protect Canada’s Pacific coast since we formed in 1998. We are based in Sointula, a small fishing village on the Central Coast of British Columbia, but our influence is national. We are the largest organization in Canada focusing exclusively on marine conservation. We advocate for oceans that are managed for the common good, according to science-based policies that consider ecosystems in their entirety. Our contributions are helping to reduce harmful human impacts on the ocean.

Legal Information: No purchase necessary. Residents of Canada excluding Quebec are eligible to enter. The one prize is a trip for one from Vancouver to Port McNeil with Maple Leaf Adventures and worth approximately $3,875, and the opportunity to write two to five blog posts for the Living Oceans Society. To enter, contestants must clearly write a short story and be one of the five contestants to get the most votes. Judges will choose one contest winner from the five contestants with the most votes. The contest closes on June 5, 2011.
Ashley Knapp
Oceans Adventure Contest Coordinator
Living Oceans Society