A pod of orcas crusing past French Creek was captured on video by Marusha Whitehead Saturday morning, Aug. 26, 2017.

Orca pod cruises through French Creek

Reader shares video of close encounter

A Parksville-area woman was happily surprised to spot a pod of Orcas approaching her small fishing boat near French Creek Saturday morning, Aug. 26.

She was even happier to be able to capture the orcas in a short video.

“Two weeks ago we saw two humpback whales between French Creek and Lasqueti Island, but I wasn’t able to get any pictures,” said Whitehead. “There’s been lots of whale action in front of our home community.”

Whitehead said she with friends in the boat and was looking north along Georgia Strait when she spotted a ripple she thought might signal a pod of the black-and-white orcas.

“My friend said, ‘Nah, that’s just a boat wake,’” said Whitehead. “But I looked again and saw that it was orcas, and they were coming right at us. We actually had to move the boat out of the way a little bit.”

Related: Family has close encounter with pod of orcas

Whitehead speculated the pod may have been the same whales photographed breaching Saturday evening near Comox.

“It’s just so exciting,” she said.

Story tips: jr.rardon@pqbnews.com

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