Hi guys, I'm looking for some first-hand feedback and advice, from people who have visited (or live in) Canada. Specifically I plan to go there for three weeks in the summer, and I'll fill the trip with visits of the major eastern cities (Toronto/Ottawa/Montreal/Quebec). I'll probably visit a couple national parks, trying to see some wildlife that we do not have the luxury of having in Europe (bears and deers mostly). I've already booked a stay in Rivière-du-Loup, where I'll take one of the excursion boats to see the whales in the St-Lawrence. My question is this: is 300mm (equiv., so basically my Oly 40-150mm) enough to shoot decent pictures of whales from a boat? I have an OM-D E-M5 so the stabilization should help with the boat movements. I'm just worried that 300mm might be too short (I have no idea how close the excursion boats get, or can get, to the whales). My lens line-up is otherwise covered for this trip, I believe (see sig), and to be honest I do not wish to spend 500€ on a 70-300 or 100-300mm lens right before going on holiday (I'd rather spend the cash there to see and experience more things). I know I'd probably not use it much afterwards either. On the other hand, I do not wish to miss many shots of bears, birds or whales just because I didn't have the proper lens equipped. Keep in mind there is no renting option for MFT lenses in France. So here it is, I'd like to know your own experience in shooting wildlife and big fishes with a telephoto in these parts of the world. Do I need something longer than 300mm (equiv. 24x36) or is what I have more than enough? Bonus question: anyone seen shots of whales in infrared? I have a second body modified for IR and I'd be curious to try that, see if it makes them stand out (if they turn white in infrared, it would make for good contrast on the grey/dark blue sea). Same goes for bears and deers, btw, I'd be curious to know if anybody has tried. Second bonus question: is covering up the lens and body with plastic mandatory to avoid any damage, especially for an unsealed lens like the Olympus 40-150mm?