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Orcas off Vancouver Island

Listed under Wildlife in British Columbia, Canada.

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Orcas (Killer Whales like the famous ocean mammal celebrity, Shamu) are the most popular residents around Vancouver Island, joined in the migrating season by humpbacks and grey whales.

Agile orcas have a range of interesting behaviours, which range from the frolic-and-shake to the-spray, the tail-slap, the jump-and-flop and the show-off-Shamu-leap, but they are always entertaining. Their smaller size means orcas are more playful than other whales and brave visitors can kayak amongst them, though be prepared to get sprayed or splashed!

Other harbour residents are the harbour seals, porpoises and sea lions.

Written by  Jodie Kimbah.

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