When Lennie and I find out about orcas in our area, it’s always a last minute adventure! When I stopped teaching, I pledged to take my photography more seriously. I am not sure how successful I have really been at that, But I know my whale photography has improved, purely by having more time available to go out with the whales when they are nearby.
Not only is there the benefit to myself to be on scene with whales, but for the scientific community as well. If clear ID shots of the visiting pods to our area are not obtained, we do not know which whales were here when and we can’t track their movements. Photo ID with a long telephoto lens is the least intrusive way to track a whale’s movements. I was the only photographer to get clear shot of these whales, the T49Bs and T68Cs, to confirm their identifications.
We stayed with this pod for about an hour and a half. In that time they made a kill and fed before heading up Millar Channel. They were spotted briefly by another boat just over an hour later.