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1. Posted by AndrewMc (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Has anyone ever gona on a whale watching holiday ? i am worried about this one, my partner wants to go on this one and im not too sure about the idea of killer whales being that close to a plastic dingy.

2. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

If they didnt have killer mentioned in the description so many times maybe it wouldnt seem so scary

3. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

That's sounds like an excellent thing to do. I wouldn't worry too much. Orcas have the name Killerwhales for the wrong reasons. And from what I've read there's different types of Orcas - there are the ones that feed on seals and those that feed on fish. The ones mentioned on the website seem to be the fish eating type so you would not in the least resemble their normal prey. And they are fascinating to watch, I only saw it on TV but they do hunt in groups circling in on the fish and then start a feeding frenzy.

So I would say, go for it, it's a great chance. (I have to remember that link, might go and do it myself one day...)
But as with all wildlife there's nothing predictable, you might only see one or two (or none at all) or you may be in for the full "show".

4. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Have your seen the movie Free Willy? That's an Orca.
It didn't really seen very threatening in the movie so how could it be in real life ;)
But really, they are almost never threatening in real life. They might get a bit curious about why people would be hanging about in the sea but I would think it's pretty safe.

5. Posted by AndrewMc (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks a million , i am starting to actually look forward to this holiday now. I have been doing alot of checking on the net and have come across a ton of site about the orcas. One other holiday has gone and peeked my interest too now. a husky safari, this one sounds totally amazing , takeing a husky ride through a forest and seeing the northern lights. I am sooo going to have to save up again for this one. i cant rememeber how to do that link thingy again so ill just out the whole address in again , sorry for the mess

6. Posted by Artemis2 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

That is my DREAM trip and I hope to realise it soon enough. The idea of being so close to nature's greatest mammal is breathtaking and a great experience.


[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please... ]

7. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have spent a lot of time sailing yachts in various places and one of the greatest things you will ever see is a whale broaching -Orcas or otherwise. Every time I see whales when I'm offshore I love to sit back and watch them as long as they are around. Not a good thing in the middle of a yacht race but weyhey! I think they are one of natures wonders and the closer they are to your boat/dinghy, the more you will enjoy the experience. They are gentle giants so don't be affraid of them (unless you are wearing a wetsuit and swimming with seals - then you will look like dinner and an Orca or shark will be interested.) This will be one of those adventures you will talk about for years.