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

Just Posted

UPDATE: Tsunami warning cancelled for coastal British Columbia

Warning issued following 7.9 earthquake off Kodiak, AK

Parksville Curling Club makes prime-time

B.C.’s top men’s teams coming to Island for provincial championships

Mediators appointed to help address issues in IHealth review

Review too little, too late for Qualicum Bay patient

Smoking ban arrives on BC Ferries

No crackdown, just education as BC Ferries enacts smoking ban

Tsunami warnings 101: Canada

Here are some things to know about tsunami alerts in Canada and how they work

Victims restrained, sex toys and cash stolen from B.C. adult store

Armed suspects sought in adult store robbery

Vancouver Islanders ponder need for tsunami siren song

Alarm sounds in Port Alberni but not at the DND base in Esquimalt

Babcock, Goyette and Smyth honoured at Order of Hockey in Canada

Mike Babcock, from Saskatoon, guided the Detroit Red Wings to a Stanley Cup in 2008

Bell Canada alerts customers who may be affected by latest data breach

Federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner said it had been notified

‘The tsunami alarm failed my household’: North Coast residents concerned over sirens, alerts

People living in northern communities share how they learned about Tuesday’s tsunami warning

UPDATE: Police continue to seek missing Qualicum Beach woman

Oceanside RCMP requesting public assistance in locating Carmel Georgina Gilmour

Snowboarder dies at Vancouver Island ski resort

Death at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Most Read