Recently, there have again been posts shared widely on social media promoting “encounters” where Orca are very close to boats.
My video compilations below about an August 1st incident are an attempt to counteract the effects of such promotions in their increasing pressure on the whales.
Those in the video appear to have acted in ignorance but there is the moral and ethical weight to know regulations and the repercussions of your actions, including when you put videos of such encounters into the world. Sharing such imagery perpetuates ignorance around what is legal, rewards those who have undertaken such behaviours, and feeds the pressure to be “up close and personal”.
Know that behaviours shown by the whales is associated with disturbance i.e. repeated tail-lobbing and the tail breaches / caudal peduncle throws.
The incident is under investigation by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Part Two – shows the boat is in close proximity to the whales while at high speed.