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Magical orca encounter

Michael Hack received a special 30th birthday present when he had a close encounter with a family of orcas this week.

The Campbell River resident was kayaking between Sayward and Telegraph Cove when the killer whales approached his group.

"It all happened so quickly that I wasn't really sure what they were doing," Hack told CTV News. "I didn't know if they were going to play with our boats or had just come to check us out."

Hack shared video of the encounter on Instagram and said: "I've been lucky enough to live on the coast for most of my life, had lots of different whale experiences from boats and that kind of stuff, but never one right under my kayak."

Jackie Hildering of the Marine Education and Research Society says "best practices include for kayakers to group up and remain stationary out of the path of the whales so that the whales have less to navigate."

– with files from CTV Vancouver Island



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