location: Hanson Island in British Columbia’s Johnstone Strait at Blackfish Sound
best viewing hours: 6:30am - 8:30pm (TBD)
time zone: Pacific Daylight Time
Cracroft Point’s handheld video camera is operated by OrcaLab volunteer Megan Hockin-Bennett. Megan has a wonderful ability to follow the orcas, anticipating their breaths as they move. Her HD video camera is mounted on a tripod that sits on a platform built into rock, so it is absolutely stable.
Cracroft Point itself is at the juncture of Blackney Pass and Johnstone Strait, and is one of the most common thoroughfares for foraging orcas. Orca families often pass close to Cracroft Point as they head further out into the Strait.
The combination of Megan’s ability as a camera operator and the CP location itself is breathtaking.
OrcaLab’s whale research station is located on Hanson Island in British Columbia’s Johnstone Strait at Blackfish Sound. These waters are the summer home to over 150 orca whales, and an ideal place to study the whales in their natural habitat. To that end, OrcaLab set up a network of remote hydrophones covering 50 sq. km of the surrounding core habitat for Northern Resident orcas. The lab has long shared its library of orca songs with a worldwide audience. It now adds a visual dimension, streaming a series of live cameras in partnership with explore.org.
This live cam comes to you via explore.org, the philanthropic media organization and division of the Annenberg Foundation. It is part of a collection of more than a hundred HD cams around the world established by Charles Annenberg to help people connect with nature and fall in love with the world again. To see more live cams visit, explore.org.