Long distance swimmer gets close-up look at pod of orcas in West Vancouver


Long-distance swimmer Debbie Collingwood was supposed to be swimming the English Channel this summer, but on Sunday morning got the experience of a lifetime in B.C. waters during a three-hour swim near Bowen Island.

“We came around the island at Whytcliffe [Park] … and there was a pod of orcas … coming straight for us,” she said.

During Collingwood’s swim, two of her friends kayaked alongside to support her, and the trio nervously watching as the group of three or four whales moved closer and closer.


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