Naturaliste Charters Blog

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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Published on January 15, 2020 By Pia Markovic

Upon arriving to the hotspot we observed three pods hunting together, and that’s only what we could see! They were fairly spread with the usual oil slicks appearing suggesting they were having a feed. It seemed to be relatively relaxed when all of a sudden a double breach stirred up the ocean and the orca […]

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