Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Whale watching

Had written about Orcas Island earlier and one of the activities we had over there was Whale watching.



Even though we had booked on line, we were lucky to get the right type of boat, a small one, pretty fast and not very crowded. 


En route, we did see a Puffin floating but it was not easy to photograph the little bird from far.  
The guides were good enough to tell us some facts about the whales, like the oldest among them (known as the Granny) is 104 years old.
There was a particular area where the whales frolic around and the crew knew the exact spot where we could find them. 


It takes some time to train the camera on them to get some shots.





There were many other boats in the vicinity, all waiting for a chance to get a glimpse of our frolicking friends 




And a few colourful sail boats too. 



It was good to see that all the boats kept a respectable distance from the whales. 
You can see more pictures in the 6 min video that I made. 

When the boat was at a slower speed, I went on the upper deck and got to see the man at the helm (always good to know who the driver is)



One of the lighthouses on the way back (I presume it is a light house)


Some other scenes on the way back







The crew of our boat, answering questions.




Everyone was generous in tipping them for their good service. May be they read what was written in the boat, “you never want to tip the boat, but feel free to tip the guides”



23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love that whale doing the flip - Charles

magiceye said...

Lovely captures!!

Jacob said...

That looks like so much fun! Whales are amazing creatures. Thanks for sharing these photos. Re your comment on Ocala: That "special light" is actually a fountain shooting up water which is being hit by the sun.

Aaditi Joshi said...

Whale pics are such beautiful. You must have felt amazing watching it real.

sage said...

I don't often see whales while sailing, but often bottle-nose dolphins will come right up to the boat and run along. Nice to see the sailboats flying spinnakers. Great photos.

Debbie said...

what an amazing experience....and to see them in the wild, where they should be, thrilling!!!

Bijoux said...

I love your whale photos! We went whale watching in Maui, but they are humpbacks there.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Joe, and thanks for your comment on the low carb diabetic blog.

What a great selection of photo's, and what an amazing experience to see and photograph these whales.

All the best Jan

Sandee said...

This is something we wanted to do when we went to Hawaii, but never got around to doing it. Perhaps next time.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Theresa Mahoney said...

What an amazing experience! Whale watching has been on my bucket list for some time. I hope I am lucky enough to have the experience of getting this close to them in person some day. You got some really wonderful snaps!

Stephanie Faris said...

I've never thought about going whale watching but it looks like fun! I'm glad the boats kept a distance and let them do their thing.

Anvilcloud said...

What fun! I've only been whale watching once. We saw pilot whales, which are more like dolphins. It was a fine experience though.

Medeia Sharif said...

Great pictures. I'd like to go whale watching one day.

Sujatha Sathya said...

oooh! that is one envy arousing post :)

Mary Kirkland said...

Oh wow, that would have been thrilling to see in person.

Loco mente said...

Looks like you had lots of fun!
Thanks for sharing!

Susan Deborah said...

We have dolphin rides in Goa and sometimes when we go to the beach close to our place, we sight some dolphins frolicking. It's a joy to watch them go up and down oblivious to the humans who are ogling at them with cameras and binocs.

Looks like you had a "whale" of time.

As I type this comment, the clouds outside are threatening to burst forth and pour out their waters. It is lovely to feel the cool breeze and read blog posts.

Thanks for coming by dear Joe and bringing light to an otherwise dull blog.

Have a good Sunday.

Best,
Susan

DUTA said...

Whales are both fascinating and scary sea creatures, especially because of their huge size. I don't mind watching them in the movies but I wouldn't like to be on a boat at sea with them, even from a distance.
Lovely photos!

Pooja Mahimkar said...

Beautiful pictures!

Priyanka Baranwal said...

Even though sharks are scary, it was a good read. The pictures, as usual, are fab.

Belva said...

An interesting gathering of photos. Whales always appear to want to
entertain people.

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Justin said...

I tried sailing for the first time this year. We rode down the intercoastal waterway from Maryland to North Carolina. We did not see whales but we had the opportunity to see dolphins, sharks, flying fish, and other sea creatures. Sailing is a blast and I am sure California and Mexico would be the next two places I would love to visit.