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I used to live in Vancouver. Here is one of my shots of a huge bull orca (killer whale) in Seymour Narrows north of Campbell River, B.C. It had been tossing around a large sea lion like it was a rag doll. The dorsal fin on this whale is about 7' high!

Seymour Narrows is the home of Ripple Rock, a marine navigation hazard in the centre of the channel. It was dynamited in 1958 with the largest non-atomic explosion ever set off in North America when 1375 tons of high explosive was planted in shafts inside the rock. The current is still very strong here during tide changes with gigantic whirpools and eddies.

Captain George Vancouver described Ripple Rock in the late 1700's as... "one of the vilest stretches of water in the world."

Read more about it on this website:

The Taming of Ripple Rock

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  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    That old growth rain forest looks like a nice spot!

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2007 at 4:52 PM

    Love the orca photo-they certainly are magnificent creatures! Regards from Texas...

  • Maillekeukeul's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2005 at 1:38 AM

    Splendid pics !!

  • Dumpymotel's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2004 at 5:21 AM

    Wow... your mother's room rates are excellent... Plus you get a gormet meal prepared by a female chef. I'm in Heaven !!!

  • Jul 26, 2004 at 4:26 AM

    Some stunning photos here Dave! More chocolate required BTW!!

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2004 at 1:16 PM

    Lovely page, Must have been wonderful to be so close to a killer whale in the wild. Love your forest photo. (~_~)

  • JudyinPA's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2004 at 8:40 PM

    I would like to get back here another time. I was never lucky enough to see an Orca. Fantastic city and island. It must be a great place to enjoy nature.

  • Dee22's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2003 at 9:19 AM

    Hi Dave, very nice pages and tips, and many beautiful photos all over...love the killer whale and the northern light pics! I have pics from a killer whale show in Nice (France). Take care, Brian

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2003 at 8:04 PM

    Ok, I am very impressed with this photograph with one of God's most beautiful creature. Thanks for capturing it in color for all of us and sharing it!;-)

  • Aug 24, 2003 at 10:18 AM

    Very interesting page. Thank you very much for your help


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