So, Andrea and I went for a paddle Wednesday to Discovery Island, with hopes of sighting the wolf Steqaya, that lives between Discovery and the Chatham Islands. Well, no luck. We did meet the “Wednesday Group” of SISKA paddlers, and a small group from ORS, on a tour. Baynes Channel was a bit lumpy, as the tides were quite big, and we were able to catch the last of the ebb (with a bit of fighting) to circle around the Chatham Islands towards Discovery. We had just enough water to glide thru between both groups, just enough, the tide was super low. Lunch was had at Rudlin Bay with the Wednesday Group, they had already left, and we dedided to get going also, as the tide had turned and we wanted to catch the flood back to Smugglers Cove, so off we went towards Plumper Passage, when we noticed over 16 boats just sitting there off the Chain Islets about a half a mile away. Whales must be close! We watched and waited a bit, but we were quite far off, so we again took up our paddles and started to head back into Baynes Channel to catch a ride on the flood tide.Whoa! Then we both see a small dorsal fin about 30 feet in front of us heading across our bows. We both thought this is a porpoise or dolphin. WRONG! Almost instantly three dorsal fins emerge from the water, with the biggest being a large male Orca coming straight towards us. They all swam quite slow, and deliberate towards us, and we literally split the pod in two with our boats. They skilfully avoided us (yay! Whew!) and kept swimming past. More fins, more Orcas as we just sat there in amazement. There were 5 to 6 whales, two males and 2-3 females, and maybe a juvenile smaller one. Of course, by now, all the boats were headed towards us (as best they are allowed, as Straight Watch was also in the flotilla keeping any stray boats in line if need be. Now I did catch a few crummy pics with my little waterproof camera, but none were much good. It was all over in about 5-7 minutes, but it seems like 30 seconds. As we then started to paddle out into Baynes Channel in ernest, a whale watching boat hailed us, and after a chat in some very lumpy waters, close to a largish boat, the skip of the craft informed us they had some great pics of us “amongst the pod” so to speak. Asking if we would like copies we yelled YES PLEASE! It was Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching out of Friday Harbour in Washington. So, some of the pics are from a non kayaking view point. This was such a bonus! We gratefully thanked Capt. Jim Maya for his generosity. We have about 25 or so pics altogether, these were some of the good ones. Bottom line, at one point we were no more than 10-15 feet away from the large male swimming towards us, what a rush! One more item off the ole bucket list huh?