Kakawin Songs - Orca Pods Chatting in Clayoquot Sound

Listen to the Recording At The Bottom

It was a beautiful and blustery summer evening in Tofino. Swell was building and naturally we were a little hesitant to head out to sea. All day the office was buzzing with excitement and stories of Kakawin playing in Clayoquot Sound.

After clocking out, we suited up and made our way down to the dock. To manage guest expectations, our skipper Jesse played it cool and briefly mentioned that Orca had been sighted earlier that day. We departed from the harbour and made our way north on the inside of Vargas Island. As we entered the inside of Flores Island, the waters were calm and breeze was warm. We immediately spotted the Kakawin playing close to shore. They were actively breaching, spy-hopping and tail slapping; even the babies knew what to do!

All of a sudden, we could hear the Kakawin’s chatter coming through loud and clear on a hydrophone which Captain Ryan had on next boat over. As he was heading out, Ryan handed the hydrophone over to me. With a big smile on my face and shivers down my spine, I listened in on the whale’s whistles and calls. The Orca families were so expressive. Needless to say, this was one of the most magical moments of my life.

On our return journey, we laughed with the other guests about how surreal the past couple hours had been. Our hearts were full and I felt truly blessed to be a part of this pristine coastal paradise.

- Niamh O’Reilly

Watch and listen to the two Orca pods as they met (turn sound on):

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