This curious whale approached John Bridge's boat near Texada Island and spent about 10 minutes visiting.

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This curious whale approached John Bridge’s boat close to Texada Island and spent about 10 minutes visiting.

“A as soon as in a lifetime expertise.”


That is how John Bridge and Virginia Olnick described a detailed encounter with a humpback whale that occurred on Sunday.

The pair had been on Bridge’s 56-foot yacht, the Sounder Determination, on their approach to Desolation Sound from Lasquiti Island after they noticed the whale within the distance.

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“We stopped 200 metres away since you’re not purported to get too near them, proper, so we shut the engines down and simply drifted, and the following factor you recognize he simply popped up proper beside us,” mentioned Bridge.

“I’m going wow, like holy crap! I’ve seen a lot of orcas, however I’ve by no means seen a humpback. After which he simply got here and frolicked with us. He was going from one facet of the boat to the opposite, simply popping up and simply rolling over. It was loopy.”

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Bridge mentioned the whale appeared to be about 40 toes lengthy and weigh about 30 tonnes, and was lined in barnacles.

The animal appeared very curious, and was in no hurry to go away, he added.

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The whale hung round for about 10 minutes, blowing spray from its blowhole and saying hey, he mentioned.

“Individuals pay 1000’s of {dollars} to see that. We had been completely not anticipating to see that.”

Bridge mentioned he and Olnick shall be heading again by the identical space on Wednesday, and are hopeful they’re going to have one other encounter with their new pal.




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