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Jean and Marc’s Report from Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island

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Jean and Marc’s Report from Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island

I had just turned to face Jammi, one of the two guides aboard our wildlife sightseeing boat, when he screamed “HOLY COW! LOOK AT THAT!” My head jerked back toward the bow to see the normally smooth surface of the Johnstone Strait full of foam,chop and ripples.
“In the eleven years I’veĀ been doing this”, added the main guide, Derek, “this is only the second time I’ve ever seen a killer whale breech!”
In the split second my attention had been diverted, I had missed what was likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a killer whale breeching.

But don’t cry for me, Wilhelmina.

We had just returned from an incredible day of viewing grizzly bears in Glendale Cove, which followed an amazing day chasing killer whales, humpback whales, Stellar sea lions and other marine animals living off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Our base for this was Telegraph Cove…so named because of the telegraph line established there in World War Two.

It is now a self-contained, picture postcard, coastal resort specializing in all sorts of sea-based activities, except the one I invented: Look Away From The Jumping Orca.


About the Author:

Jean Pickard is founder and co-owner of Explorations, where she has been creating memorable trips for clients since 1988. Jean won The Most Innovative Advisor award through Virtuoso in 2011. She specializes in third-world countries, Western Europe, Southeast Asia, and South America travel.

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