A large pod of orcas swam close to shore off Galiano Island (close to Vancouver). Amazing! Mind the excited lady cheering for the whales.

Janusz Kowalski has been a resident of Galiano Island for 13 years and has seen many orca whales swim by his property, but this weekend he had witnessed a sight to behold.

On Sunday, a giant pod of orca whales swam right by his friend’s backyard, and his first instinct was – to get it all on camera.

Kowalski says it is not rare to see whales swim past Galiano Island, but a pod of this size is something he has never seen before.

He says they see whales regularly between the months of April and November, but July and August are the best season for whale watching.

Kowalksi says he captured orca whales on camera in the area many times before, but never have any of his videos gotten that much attention.

“I made another video the day before, but it was just six whales and it was not as spectacular. The one on Sunday was beyond belief.”

The video of Sunday’s encounter has already garnered thousands of views on YouTube, and has been picked up by the Vancouver sub-Reddit.

“I went back to the video and re-watched it probably ten times,” says Kowalski. “Every time, we see the whales approaching Galiano, it is always a special moment.”

VIDEO Orcas in Active Pass, Galiano Island BC - Canada (wow!)

Responses to "Watch: Giant pod of orca whales spotted in B.C."

  1. Anonymous says:

    i love to see them

  2. Anonymous says:

    So beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing. What a beautiful place to live. I'm sooooo jealous., God Bless.

  3. Anonymous says:

    So great to see such beauty!! Thank you for sharing!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    So wonderful to watch. How beautiful orcas are. To be able to hear them and watch them -- wonderful experience. Thank you.


  5. Anonymous says:

    This is SO spectacular! I only wish I had been there! It seems like they are showing off for everyone! I think they like the attention!

    Marsha in Eden

  6. Anonymous says:

    its so sad that they have to be so close to boats

  7. Anonymous says:

    I don't feel it was so much the Orca's ''Showing off" Seems to me they were irritated by being surrounded and corraled by all those boats....the Loud motors must have been really irritating to them:/

  8. Anonymous says:

    Marsha...they weren't,'' showing off"...The orcas were irritated by all the Boats...can you imagine the Loud horrible noises from all the boat engine's they were surrounded by...that tail slapping on the water, I can assure you was not playful or showing off.

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