Teeth & Tongue: Whale Feeding Fun

Orcas vs humpbacks vs gray whales vs rights — do you know that each type of whale uses its own unique strategy to hunt and capture the food it eats? Science writer and Tofino resident David Pitt-Brooke explains how different whales chow down in his excellent book Chasing Clayoquot: A Wilderness Almanac, excerpted below (emphasisContinue reading “Teeth & Tongue: Whale Feeding Fun”

An explosion of tiny spiders

Earlier this month, I noticed a swarm of tiny yellow spiders scattering across the deck after I dragged the patio table into the shade. Upon closer inspection, I discovered that they’d come from a tight ball of spiders — numbering in the hundreds — all massed together in a nest suspended between two boards inContinue reading “An explosion of tiny spiders”

Assisted rescues with physical distancing

With Paddle Canada courses set to resume today, I want to share a few techniques that instructors in BC and around the globe have come up with for conducting assisted rescues with physical distancing. The experimental ideas in these videos provide good food for thought. It’s great to see folks getting creative and taking theContinue reading “Assisted rescues with physical distancing”

Facing fear through courageous action

As sea kayakers, we face fear a lot. Whether it’s flipping upside down for that first wet exit, setting out on that first big open-water crossing, or making that first foray onto the standing wave at Surge Narrows, we all know what it’s like to have the weight of fear with us in the boat.Continue reading “Facing fear through courageous action”

Jellyfish, over easy

An unexpected sight while paddling in the Nanaimo Harbour last week: dozens of Fried Egg Jellyfish lazing just below the surface of the waters in Newcastle Channel.  These distinctive jellyfish come by their name honestly: each one looks like an egg that’s been cracked into the water – from the bright yellow “yolk” at theContinue reading “Jellyfish, over easy”

We’re live! See you on the water soon!

We’re excited to launch our new web site — and our new kayak instruction company! crosscurrents kayak offers individual and small group sea kayak instruction on central Vancouver Island, with a focus on novice paddlers. We customize our lesson plans to your specific needs, allowing you to work on the skills you’d most like toContinue reading “We’re live! See you on the water soon!”