Orcas in the Mist




Just outside Nanaimo, BC, we ran upon several pods of Orca “Killer” Whales. One small pod of only a few individuals passed our boat very closely, giving us great photo opportunities to capture them as they traveled in the waters. Just as we began photographing them, several of the whales began “spouting” as they reached […]

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Orca Facts




An adult Orca heading straight toward our boat, Delphinus, in British Columbia, near the Johnstone Strait: Inside the wonderful museum at Telegraph Cove, BC (The Johnstone Strait Killer Whale Interpretive Center), there are some awesome displays of whale and other marine mammals, but most of the museum deals with the Orca “Killer” Whale. Several posters […]

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Orcas!




Day 1 of the 2008 Orca trip was a shortened day on the water. Getting underway, then stopping to meet and learn about the projects of the whale researchers took most of the day. Towards the end of the day, we left Sointula harbor and began our official orca journey. Stopping on Village Island for […]

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Touchy, Feely … On a Grand Scale!




Over the past few days, I’ve highlighted the friendly gray whales of Laguna San Ignacio (Baja, Mexico) … spyhopping in the first post, and breaching in the last post. Today’s post highlights the real reason a lot of people travel to Laguna San Ignacio … to touch the friendly gray whales! For many years, the […]

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Fun Friday: Meet the Newbie




Staying with the Baja theme, today’s Fun Friday post features a newborn Gray Whale calf. While in Laguna San Ignacio, we saw quite a few newborn calves. This calf swam by our ponga, just a short distance away from us, keeping an eye on us (you can see it just above the water’s surface) … […]

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Laguna Breachers




Yesterday, I featured some Gray Whales spyhopping in Laguna San Ignacio, located on the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula. Today, I’m featuring some of these friendly whales breaching out of the water. Breaching is leaping out of the water, where typically at least 40% of the animal’s body clears the water. Qualitatively, a breach […]

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Laguna San Ignacio




After our wonderful hike/mule ride to the ancient cave drawings in Baja’s San Francisco Mountains, our next adventure was a long-awaited one to Laguna San Ignacio. Laguna San Ignacio is an adventurous drive (this drive is mostly on unpaved, dirt roads!) from the village of San Ignacio to the lagoon, located along the Pacific side […]

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Dwarf Sperm Whales




(This post originally published after my 2009 Baja photo trip) During the Sea of Cortez portion of the Baja trip, we also got to see a pair of Dwarf Sperm Whales (Kogia sima) near the end of our trip. The 2 were spotted as sunset neared, making a beautiful sight for us. The Dwarf Sperm […]

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How a Whale Watches the Outside World!




(This post originally published after my 2009 photo trip to Baja) While in Laguna San Ignacio, it was not uncommon to see Gray Whales “spyhop”, where they slide upward out of the water until they can see above the water’s surface, often holding this position for a couple of seconds or so: We even managed […]

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The Friendly Gray Whales of Laguna San Ignacio




(This post originally published following a trip to Baja and the Sea of Cortez in 2009) One of the highlights of our 2009 Baja trip was seeing and touching … yes, touching, the friendly gray whales of Laguna San Ignacio. This next image is a Gray Whale cow that swam up to our skiff, rolled […]

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