While she goes by basking_shark on, this TikTokker is all about the cetaceans.
Katie Dentry lives on Saturna Island in the southern Gulf Islands where she lives close enough to the shore that she can run out to a viewpoint and watch for wildlife as it swims past. Last week she got down to the water fast enough to catch a spectacular performance by a pod of orcas swing within a few metres of shore, and Dentry herself.
The group of aquatic mammals seem curious about Dentry, swimming directly towards her, peeking up above the water and slapping the surface with their flukes.
"Oh my god, he's got kelp on his back; he's kelping," she exclaims in the video as the orcas come right towards her.
Kelping is a type of activity orcas do sometimes.
"Thank you! It's good to see you too!" she shouts as they swim past, just a few meters from where she stands. The orcas seem to respond with a few more 'tail lobs.'
Dentry has caught quite a few videos of whale behaviour from near her home, including orcas hunting and humpbacks using a riptide to speed up their swim.
The spot she watches from is the eastern tip of Saturna Island, a 'whale trail' site. She's also part of some citizen science organizations that help track cetaceans (whales and dolphins) through the area.