Our Captain, Jeffrey Smith, heard some chatter on his radio about Orca Whales feeding in the Sound not far from our location. When the David B arrived at the site we could see several whale-watcher boats there full of passengers. Soon we heard a "WHOOSH" as a black fin broke the water and an orca came up spouting mist. Before long we saw more coming up for air.
Jeffrey was careful to keep our boat a good distance away from the whales, but we were still able to watch them and get lots of photos.
My video camera is an old Sony with plenty of problems and I was trying to zoom in on the whales while standing on the deck of a boat so the footage was pretty shaky. The pods of whales stayed in the area long enough for me to get plenty of shots with my Nikon too.
Christine knew a lot about the orcas. She said this group was called J Pod and each whale was named according to who its mother was and its birth order.
I was super excited to capture some photos of the new baby, J-49.
He was playing and popping out of the water near his mom, J-37.
When he got too bouncy a couple of other whales nudged him back and gathered him in.
The following is a video I put together. You can hear the chug of the David B and also Christine Smith's voice as she tells us about the whales.
Road Trip Part 2-Smelled the Mountain Air Man
Road Trip Part 3-On the Ship David B
Road Trip Part 4-Pods of Orcas
Road Trip Part 5-The Problem is All Inside Your Head
Road Trip Part 6-Looking Down On Fishermen
Road Trip Part 7-The Cure for Anything Is Water
Road Trip Part 8-Lighthouses
Road Trip Part 9-Slow Down and Read the Signs
Road Trip Part 10-Fresh Crabs
Road Trip Part 11-Food
Road Trip Part 12-Giants
Road Trip Part 13-Crossing the Deadly Desert