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15 hours ago

Great to sea "Stanley" #transientkillerwhale T123A SW of #sookebc #goodtimes #whalewatching #wildandfree #biggsarethebalance #biggs www.SookeWhaleWatching.com

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23 hours ago

One of the MANY MANY MANY MANYYYYYY reasons I'm making sure I VOTE 2020 - the Southern Resident Killer Whales. We saw some of them (there are only 74 in the entire population ) on a whale watch two days ago. It was so special, and I am so happy it happened. But it was almost too special. It shouldn't be this rare. They should have enough food. They have as much a right to live in a healthy, vibrant ecosystem as we do...but the actions we've been taking as a society throughout the last century seem to indicate that we don't care much about maintaining a healthy, vibrant ecosystem for ourselves either. It only makes sense that when we show the planet love, we show ourselves love, and we show these other species love. SOUNDS LIKE SELF-LOVE TO ME. What can you do? Just keep reading, keep writing, keep learning, keep DOING. Get involved. Don't run screaming from the chaos. We are in this together. Act. Just keep acting, even when you feel more lost than ever. We can do hard things. I'm struggling with all of this too, and if you need someone to talk to, shoot me a PM. I'm in it for the whales, and for all of us.⠀ -⠀ #greennewdeal #notofossilfuels #damnation #nofishnoblackfish #southernresidentkillerwhales #travelwell #washington #upperleftusa #transientkillerwhales #killerwhales #biggsarethebalance #ecotravel #conservation #oceanconservation #saveourseas #SRKWs #sanjuanislands #salishsea #orcas #whalewatching #marineconservation #savethewhales #protectwhatyoulove #noplanetb #southernresidents #captivitykills #thanksbutnotanks #climatechangeisreal #washingtonstate #pnwonderland

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2 days ago

It's been quite a few years since I've hung out with the T109 family and I was just about as excited as this 7-year-old boy, T109E yesterday. #killerwhale #orca #whale #nikon #nikontop #nofishnoblackfish #noplacefortankers #nomorefishfarms #explorebc #hellobc #pacificnorthwest #pnw #beautifulbritishcolumbia #idigthebiggs #biggsarethebalance

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2 days ago

Psyched to have found the T18s and these big lads out in the Georgia Strait yesterday. We were mid humpback whale watching when in the distance I could see T19C Spouter's large dorsal fin gliding through the water. Shortly after T19B Galiano popped up next to his younger brother along with Mum and Gran. Always great to catch up with this pod #transientkillerwhale #whale #whalewatching #salishsea #biggskillerwhales #biggsarethebalance #orca #whales #dorsalfin #salishsea #wildlifephotography #wildlife #animals #nature #photography #beautifulbritishcolumbia #canada 🇨🇦

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3 days ago

T019 (55yrs ) and her oldest son T019B (25yrs ). This family of 4 is the easiest to identify, the dorsal fin of the male is really distinctive. It is so wide at the top that it made his fin bend on the side. He also got a big notch mid fin. This family is pretty iconic in our water, they are known to be ferocious hunter. They try to hunt Minke whales every year! . . . . #westcoast #pnw #pacificnorthwest #beautifulbritishcolumbia #explorevi #explorevictoria #juanthefucastrait #pacificocean #salishsea #killerwhales #orques #blackfish #apexpredator #biggsarethebalance #protectwhatyoulove #nofishnoblackfish #wearepwwa #ecotourism #nikon #wildlifephotography

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3 days ago

T010C "Bones" breaching this evening right in Cowichan Bay! It was such a great day out out there with 10 killer whales and a couple of humpbacks. #killerwhale #orca #whale #nikon #nikontop #nofishnoblackfish #noplacefortankers #nomorefishfarms #explorebc #hellobc #pacificnorthwest #pnw #beautifulbritishcolumbia #idigthebiggs #biggsarethebalance #sharecangeo

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5 days ago

☁️ dreams do come true! • this is my 3rd time being out on the water with the magical orca and humpback whale energy. today was a huge moment for me in my journey with these beautiful beings. I identified my first killer whale in the wild utilizing dorsal fin id techniques and I got it right! I've come so far and I can't wait to further establish my connection with these waters. thank you so much mother earth. 🌏🌊🌊 《 if you have a dream, a goal you'd like to accomplish, i encourage you to imagine the feeling that would overcome you when you receive it. write it down. and make it a reality because you deserve it. you deserve to be happy and I am rooting for you! you got this, even if it's scary, take the leap of faith because at the end of the day, your heart and soul will lead you. guide you. and you know yourself best. never live life to please others. honour your path. you can do it baby. 》

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6 days ago

T37B and T36 cruising past Whidbey Island in July. Their two families met up for the day to socialize and hunt together. The rest of the whales had just made a kill and these two, along with T36B3 (not pictured ) were booking it to share the meal #killerwhales #orcas #wildlifephotography #salishsea #pnw #marinemammals #whalewatching #blackfish #nikon #pnwphotographer #sealife #wildlife #nature #whalelover #nikonphotography #sanjuanislands #capturewashington #natgeo #pacificnorthwest #upperleft #nikonnofilter #natgeoyourshot #naturephotography #pnwonderland #transients #biggskillerwhales #biggsarethebalance #transientkillerwhale

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1 weeks ago

Instant calm when I get to see a humpback whale. Instant joy, too. Double the bliss, as there were two mysticete friends hanging out near the Canadian border the other day. It was the highlight of my week, no doubt. It was also the first day in over a week where I could feel some sweet sunshine on my skin. At least here in the San Juan Islands, the smoke from the west coast wildfires has gotten a lot less intense. Now, we're just dealing with galeforce winds and rain! Hello, fall.⠀ -⠀ #humpbacks #humpbackwhale #sanjuanislands #salishsea #orcas #whalewatching #ecotourism #sustainabletourism #greentravel #marineconservation #travelforthesea #savethewhales #protectwhatyoulove #noplanetb #nofishnoblackfish #southernresidents #srkws #captivitykills #thanksbutnotanks #climatechangeisreal #biggsarethebalance #washingtonstate #pnwonderland #upperleftusa #pacificnorthwest

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1 weeks ago

Oh hi Sidney (T123 ) 👋🏽 Happy #whalewednesday 🐳 . . 📷: 9/11/20- taken at 400mm and cropped. @sjiwhalewatch was following all regulations and boat was stopped 💙 . . #biggsarethebalance #biggskillerwhales #orca #wildwhales #sanjuanislands #salishsea #pnw #pnwonderland #northwestisbest #upperleftusa #whales #killerwhales #orcas #wildlifephotography #teamcanon

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2 weeks ago

Happy first day of fall! 🍃🍂🍁 Members of the T65As surfacing in front of autumn leaves on Orcas Island. The T65As are Transient/Bigg’s killer whales (mammal eaters” who have become our “local transients” as they spend much of their time hunting here in the Salish Sea. #fallequinox #firstdayoffall #biggskillerwhales #transientkillerwhales

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2 weeks ago

Happy first day of fall! 🍂 Be kind, be calm, be safe. 📷 R. Hayden SSOS 📍Salish Sea ▫️T100C

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2 weeks ago

We are always welcome to share our #wildandfree #transientkillerwhale #encounters off #sookebc #biggsarethebalance #vanisle www.SookeWhaleWatching.com

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2 weeks ago

Look at that form!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I was cheering like a proud mama yesterday when little Darcy (T123D ) here executed a series of perfect porpoising leaps. She's only two years old, yet look at that style! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Darcy, her sister Lucky (T123C ), and mama Sidney (T123 ) were cruising the harbor porpoise rich waters of the Strait of Georgia when they got the signal from big brother Stanley (T123A ) that lunch was served. Immediately, the girls changed direction and started racing towards Stanley, Darcy flying out of the water with almost every breath. Darcy seemed all business at first, but once they got closer to the site of the hunt it seemed that her excitment got the better of her because her perfect little leaps started turning into backflips and belly rolls at the surface. Who can blame her, she's still just a baby 😂💕⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ These whales, these individuals, bring so much joy and wonder to those who have the privilege of encountering them in their oceanic world. I see the impact they leave on people almost every day, and witness how powerful it can be to be surrounded by the beauty of the natural world, a world many of us don't often take the time to stop and appreciate, yet one which each of us depend on all the same. ⁣ ⁣ Our actions have very real impacts on this stunning planet we call home, and soon those of us in the United States will have a chance to speak up for our planet, to show that we recognize our longterm health and safety is intricately intertwined with that of the natural world. We will decide whether we subject our beautiful country, and these incredible species, to more careless actions executed by those motivated by power and greed. ⁣ ⁣ Please Vote with the planet in mind, because we are its voice in this election. And please, Vote Early 🌎

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2 weeks ago

Thing's have finally cleared up, and just in time for us to catch up with the T046B's 🤩 If you look closely you will see that Tl'uk's rostrum (nose ) is beginning to darken! 📸 Credit: Marie O'Shaughnessy *photos cropped and zoomed . . . . #princeofwhales #WeArePWWA #salishsea #exploreBC #bcwildlife #pacificnorthwest #1percentftp #hellobc #wildlifephotography #tourismvancouverisland #explorevi #ecotourism #whalewatching #BCtourismmatters #destinationbc #pnw #salishseaorcas #blackfish #wildorca #thanksbutnotanks #biggsarethebalance

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2 weeks ago

T123A stanley spyhopping yesterday after a quick hunt with his family. while i have your attention, VOTE. go request your ballot now. help get rid of these monstrous humans that are running this country. ____________________ #orcas #killerwhales #blackfish #biggskillerwhales #SRKWs #southernresidents #biggsarethebalance #dolphins #cetaceans #orcasisland #washingtonstate #britishcolumbia #pnw #pacificnorthbest #upperleftusa #salishsea #nofishnoblackfish #anticap #captivitykills #emptythetanks #thanksbutnotanks #nikon #nikonphotography #wildlifephotography #protectwhatyoulove #climatechangeisreal #thereisnoplanetb

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2 weeks ago

This. Steller. Is. A. Fighter. ⁣ ⁣ I was so excited to spot 17-year-old Steller sea lion #183R yesterday, as I wasn't sure I'd ever see him again. Back in early May, this big boy had a run in with the T123s, a pod of four Bigg's killer whales. This Steller fought off this pod of four orca for over an hour, as they worked to tire him out by using team work to come at him from all sides. In the end, 183R managed to escape into the shallows of a small bay off San Juan Island, and the pod left him bruised and exhausted. After the beating he endured, I wasnt sure how this male would fair, but here he is nearly six months later! ⁣ ⁣ That hunt was one of the most dramatic sea lion hunts I'd ever witnessed, with the Bigg's literally leaping from the water as they corralled their prey. I don't think anyone watching expected this sea lion to make it, so the ending came as quite a shock. I wonder how many of the scars on 183R are from Bigg's killer whales, vs wounds recieves sparring with other male Stellers. It's clear this male has more stories to tell...⁣ ⁣ What's more, we visited with the T123s here in the islands TODAY! What are the odds? I wonder if 183R will ever run into this family again. He was safe today, as the pod was busy hunting harbor porpoise in the Strait of Georgia.⁣ ⁣ First 📸 is of 183R taken 9.19.20⁣. Second 📸 is of T123A "Stanley" taken 9.20.20.

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2 weeks ago

Hey big brother! Stanley (T123A ) and his little sister Darcy (T123D ) snuggle up after a hunt a couple weeks ago. . . . . #biggsarethebalance #biggskillerwhales #transientkillerwhales #orcas #killerwhales #whales #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #cuddles #oceans #salishsea #pnw #pnwonderland #nikonphotography #natgeo #natgeoyourshot #idigthebiggs

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2 weeks ago

Keep looking out for T102 🤞 . Posted @withregram@crwhaleandbearexcursions Thinking of this family a lot the last few days. The last time we saw T102 with them is 5 days ago as of today. He wasn't looking well, fin had lost rigidity and he was coming up sideways with a lean to the right.......I will hold out hope. Seeing them slowly running through the Hole in the Wall yesterday was magical.......blows echoing the cliff walls and mom in between her two boys. Campbell River Whale & Bear Excursions #campbellriverwhaleandbearexcursions #biggsarethebalance #chiefwhalespotter @orcabehavior #seashepherd #sscs #britishcolumbia @orcalabbc @orcanetwork_langleywhalecenter

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2 weeks ago

A quick hello from a big boy 🥰 . . It’s evident even at a distance that T69C is a big dude, and when he popped up for a visit around our stern I was mesmerized. His dorsal fin alone was taller than my five and a half foot self. I think I held my breath through this whole moment. It’s hard not to feel connected to these animals through encounters like these, though we have no idea what’s going on in their heads. . . * Engines off and photo taken with a telephoto lens and cropped. . . . . . #conservationthrougheducation #conservationphotography #conservation #wildlifephotography #blackfish #orca #killerwhale #biggsarethebalance #biggskillerwhales #transientorcas #dolphin #saveourseas #savethewhales #canon #canon80d #salishsea #explorevictoria #explorebc

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2 weeks ago

Thinking of this family a lot the last few days. The last time we saw T102 with them is 5 days ago as of today. He wasn't looking well, fin had lost rigidity and he was coming up sideways with a lean to the right.......I will hold out hope. Seeing them slowly running through the Hole in the Wall yesterday was magical.......blows echoing the cliff walls and mom in between her two boys. Campbell River Whale & Bear Excursions #campbellriverwhaleandbearexcursions #biggsarethebalance #chiefwhalespotter @orcabehavior @orcalabbc @orcanetwork_langleywhalecenter

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3 weeks ago

We’ve had extremely smoky conditions here in the Salish Sea due to the forest fires in Washington, Oregon, and California states. We hope relief comes soon to every being along the coast who is effected by these unprecedented fires. 📷 R. Hayden SSOS

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2 weeks ago

Look at that form!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I was cheering like a proud mama yesterday when little Darcy (T123D ) here executed a series of perfect porpoising leaps. She's only two years old, yet look at that style! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Darcy, her sister Lucky (T123C ), and mama Sidney (T123 ) were cruising the harbor porpoise rich waters of the Strait of Georgia when they got the signal from big brother Stanley (T123A ) that lunch was served. Immediately, the girls changed direction and started racing towards Stanley, Darcy flying out of the water with almost every breath. Darcy seemed all business at first, but once they got closer to the site of the hunt it seemed that her excitment got the better of her because her perfect little leaps started turning into backflips and belly rolls at the surface. Who can blame her, she's still just a baby 😂💕⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ These whales, these individuals, bring so much joy and wonder to those who have the privilege of encountering them in their oceanic world. I see the impact they leave on people almost every day, and witness how powerful it can be to be surrounded by the beauty of the natural world, a world many of us don't often take the time to stop and appreciate, yet one which each of us depend on all the same. ⁣ ⁣ Our actions have very real impacts on this stunning planet we call home, and soon those of us in the United States will have a chance to speak up for our planet, to show that we recognize our longterm health and safety is intricately intertwined with that of the natural world. We will decide whether we subject our beautiful country, and these incredible species, to more careless actions executed by those motivated by power and greed. ⁣ ⁣ Please Vote with the planet in mind, because we are its voice in this election. And please, Vote Early 🌎

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Jun 2020

Orca acrobatics! 🤯 tag an orca lover! Shot by @krisjonnes

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T099C (11years old ) spyhop in the perfect evening light on Aug1. . . Already 1 month since we've been back on the water, it's been challenging at times but trips like this one make it all worth it. I am grateful to have the chance to spend so much time with those magnificent animals . . . #salishsea #pnw #westcoast #vancouverisland #pacificnorthwest #penderisland #Victoria #Biggs #killerwhales #orcas #spyhop #protectwhatyoulove #hunting #hunt #toppredator #seals #biggsarethebalance #nofishnoblackfish #wearepwwa #ecotourism

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May 2020

Orca acrobatics! 🤯 tag an orca lover! Shot by @krisjonnes

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3 weeks ago

The beautiful Salish Sea 🌊🤍 Repost 👉🏼 @emytremblay Karl & I have been on a kayak trip for the last 8 days and on day 5 we were lucky enough to see a pod of orcas in action looking for seals. It was definitely the highlight of the trip!! 🐋 #orcas #killerwhale #beautifulbc #ocean

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last month

This is Runaway (T109A ) spyhopping near Similar Island before leading her family into Deer Bay, the eastern-most point in Clayoquot Sound. Once here they made another kill, turned, and made their way back out of the bay and down Tofino Inlet as we departed.

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