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Persistance is KEY in the canyon!

Published on January 20, 2020 By brelsdon

The morning started with another NEAR miss! Oil slicks were scattered across the hotspot. The now docile orca were popping up intermittently and only for a quick glance. Noosa and her clan made one fowl swoop toward the vessel, only to dive deep and disappear on us! The animals sure were playing hard to get […]

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The HUNT- start to finish!

Published on January 19, 2020 By brelsdon

Moments before reaching the hotpot El Notcho and Cookies pod surfaced in a perfect formation, cruising right toward us! The speed and mentality of the pod suggested they were just headed over to greet us. As the pod edged closer (still quite slowly), we noticed a smaller, lighter outline immersed between the black and white […]

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The Entire Catalogue!!!!

Published on January 18, 2020 By brelsdon

We didn’t find orca until after lunch today, making it all that more rewarding when we sighted that first fin slicing through the surface. We had searched all the usual places, S-Bends, Occy’s Garden and Shrek’s Head before rolling the dice and heading deep south toward the 2000m contour line. It is a rarer sight […]

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Pirouette Playing Orca

Published on January 17, 2020 By Pia Markovic

Approximately FORTY storm petrels greeted us on arrival to the Hotspot this morning, not “the most ever seen in the canyon” but certainly a great sight! The orca had already devoured breakfast but it didn’t hit the spot as they continued to forage. El Notcho and Cookie’s pod were busy and extremely uninterested in us […]

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Beaked Whale Boneyard

Published on January 16, 2020 By Pia Markovic

We found one group of orca as soon as we dropped off the shelf and stayed with them for a few minutes before we realised there was more action ahead! We pushed further South to find they were chasing something, surging through the water at pace. It was not long until a medium sized Beaked […]

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