ERNIE CHECKING SOMETHING OUT?

20141230-IMG_400220141230-IMG_4003I had one of the best shoots of my life today!
I was down at the boat shed getting my gear together when I noticed two slowly moving whale watching boats coming into the harbour! I knew instantly that meant only one thing………….ORCAS!
I hurried & got my boat into the water. By the time I caught up with them,they had already gone through the harbour & we’re heading down Browning pass.
Because it’s winter time,almost all the Whale watching companies have closed down for the season.So there were few boats following!
By the time “we” reached Tsapee Narrows “we” we’re by ourselves! A dream come true! The light was excellent & there was absolutely zero wind!
I continued following them eastward down into Tofino inlet.

There are basically two types of Orcas.(there is a small population of “Offshore” Orcas) Fish eaters (Resident) & warm blooded eaters, such as Seals (Transients) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killer_whale

Typically they will surface after 5-10 minutes. They’ll usually “Dolphin” for three breaths (if their cruising),than “sound”. One never knows exactly where they will come back up? Thats why when they come into narrow channels like “Browning Pass”, it’s the best! You can pace them & anticipate “where” they’ll surface! Still a crap shoot no matter how much you know?
It was a small Pod of 4 Orcas. Two adult females with two Calfs. These are the T068’s. The T068’s are Transient Orcas (they eat Seal,Sea Lions etc)

The T0068’s did stop three times to eat during the three hours I was with them. They’d stop cruising & circle. Usually some splashing or water welling up happens. I saw some small fish floating on the surface at one point. They must of been from the stomach of their kill?
Gull’s quickly scooped them up! Gulls will sometimes flock over a kill site to pick up small pieces. It’s a good way of telling a kill site at a distance!

They went all the way down to the mouth of Tranquil inlet. The sun was beginning to get low in the sky. The setting suns colours painted the snowy mountains in a beautiful golden colour!
My goal was to line the Orca’s up with Tranquil’s snowy mountains in the background. I never knew where they would surface but when they did,I had to race over in behind them to line them up!
The sun had set by this time & I was shooting nothing but silhouettes. It was a gorgeous sky with horse tail clouds!
It was a long ways back to town & didn’t want to wait until complete darkness,so I said thank you to my new found friends & took off.

I took almost 700 shots today!
Excellent day today folks!

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