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Bremer 2021 Highlights

Bremer Bay Killer Whale Expeditions 2021 HIGHLIGHTS

2021, the season we did not think was going to happen. It was hard to ignore the fact that Western Australia was completely locked off to the rest of the world. We were here in our little bubble and are so thankful for the power of the internet so we could remotely share our season with YOU ALL that could not make it to our shore. 

Here is a recap on the last four months. A season of rarities and oddities. Heart melting juxtaposed with hair raising and overwhelming encounters. We had it all, plus some. Some of our legends hung up their cameras, as they advanced their skill sets in new career endeavours. This left space for few new faces amongst the crew. Read on for a 2021 season wrap up and then special mentions and thank you’s. I have also included favourite moments from those who bring you a snapshot of our day, the photographers. 

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Firstly some statistics!

We operated for 92 days with a 97% orca sighting success in the first three months!! That equates to almost 800 hours on the water in Bremer Bay. Over TEN different species of cetaceans (whales and dolphins) were sighted with a maximum of SIX sighted in one day (in the last week of the season). SIX families of orca dominated our encounters this season, with plenty of unknown individuals and foreign families joining in on the action! 

A season of rarities and oddities:

Orca predations weren’t as commonly encountered this season but when we did, they were some of the biggest!  The hairs on the back of your neck stand up as you watch a pod of orca navigate and cooperate to take down their prey. Especially when the prey is the largest animal on the planet! The blue whale. Only the third of its kind recorded in the world (all three have been here in Bremer Bay). An epic battle unfolded for almost three hours, not a game to be rushed, as strategy and persistence proved the winning combo. The orcas, were victorious. They feasted on this 100 plus tonne animal for an entire day, celebrating their success with spectacular aerial displays, such as breaching, the most sought after interaction by passengers.

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This celebratory behaviour was common throughout the season. Whether it was after a kill or for social reasons they certainly put on a show! Split Tip, aka the ‘huntress’, matriarch and big boss of the Bremer canyon was the instigator the majority of the time. Erupting out of the water and doing her signature side body slam move back onto the surface. This was the signal. Orca in the area, from the largest male bulls to the smallest calves would copy returning the message. Blackberry, a bull orca, made sure we got our annual breaching photograph of him by giving us plenty of opportunities. The distinct clicking of camera shutters was more prominent on the breaching days. Never knowing where they would be next. Passengers and crew froth levels hitting maximum when they realised they captured a clear breach. 

Multiple species of Beaked whale, a minke whale, a blue whale, squid and a variety of fish were all at the mercy of the orca, the apex predator. An unsuccessful hunt left a humpback dorsal-less and battle wounds to show its mates. Some unfortunate beaked whales didn’t live to tell the tale, immobilised and skinned within 30 seconds! The diverse orca diet here ensures enough sustenance for the large population, especially with THREE new calves born. This region has a high success rate for calves. All of the 2020 calves were present and accounted for and looking VERY healthy.

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Two big adult males were evidently absent for the entire season, Mako and Urkel. Chalky appeared to be a lone ranger for a significant amount of time. He would be there for kills but then evidently alone during periods of rest or when calves were being taught new skills. Unlike Digby who was always in close proximity to his family! Digby is coming into his prime years, much younger than Chalky, took on the big brother role and kept close to the smallest calves in his pod. He also wasn’t afraid of our boat, quite often coming up behind us and sitting in our wake. Interactions with El Notcho and Cookies pod were relatively scarce as they left the area for the second half of the season. Split Tip and her close family including Noosa and Wonks were in the area the entire season and left us on a high by bringing the new neonate and its mother Kirra, in close for an interaction. It is without a doubt that the orcas are familiar with our vessel and how we operate around them. Since boats are prevalent in the orcas homes, the ocean, its important for the youngsters to learn how to behave because one wrong move could mean death! Being a big slow boat, we must be a good training session for them. 

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Warm water brought unusual sightings!

The water was THREE degrees warmer here in the Bremer Canyon for the months of February and March, this is due to the La Nina event the entire continent experienced. The warm water current brought tropical species like turtles and giant manta rays to our temperate waters. It may also be the reason we witnessed a scattering of lone Humpbacks out of their normal migration period! Oh and who could forget… the TINY blue whale calf. Merely DAYS old, the dark smooth bodied whale was dwarfed by its big blue mother. The first sighting of its kind in Western Australian waters. A significant event for science and a moment we will never forget! 

The last rare encounter being a FIN WHALE! The gorgeous silky smooth, white chinned, friendly, mammoth of a whale. Right there in our hotspot. Only the second time in the history of our expeditions out here. A healthy and boisterous whale just enjoying a life in the southern ocean! 

BLUE ANDO 300x200Image by Jamie Anderson. Blue Whale Mother and Calf

For the Birders:

Not only are we fascinated by the marine life under the water but also the pelagic bird species that scan the skies above. This season we witnessed Barau’s Petrels a whopping SIX times! The typical Flesh Footed Shearwaters would be in the thousands! They were accompanied by Little, Hutton’s, Cory’s, Sooty, and Short-tailed Shearwaters. Our petrel species included the common Great Winged, but also included Grey faced petrels and a Grey Petrel (first record for Bremer Canyon). Long-tailed Jaegers (aka Skua’s) were also present pinching other birds snacks, and dancing across the surface is the White Faced Storm Petrels and Wilson Storm Petrels. Our regular Albys included the Black Brow’s, Shy, Indian Yellow-nosed and the largest wingspan of all, the Wandering Albatross! Other irregulars included the cutest of all (voted by me) the Sooty Albatross and the Light-mantled Sooty Albatross and the Southern Royal Albatross with its last sighting here in 2012.

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Biggest thank you’s and special mentions:

A special mention to the local businesses, families and community of Bremer Bay.

The summer of 2021 proved the resilience and hard working nature of these Aussies who are the moving clogs of the town. Your continued support means everything to us and we love being apart of the community for these four months of the year. Our collaboration with the Bremer Bay Primary School saw us raise $250 through containers for change by donating our used containers from each expedition! 

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A particularly big thanks to the following people and businesses. To Dan, Sarah and the cafe crew at Wellstead Museum and Cafe who make our catering every single day of the season. This team are not only are raising a few little rugrats but running the cafe daily AND making us freshly baked wood fired croissants EVERY MORNING. 

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A big shout out to Bremer Bay Break Away’s for accomodating our crew for another season. To Dave and staff at Bremer Bay Beaches Tourist Park and Cabins, Billy, Amanda, and staff at Bremer Bay Camping and Caravan Park, as well as Tozers Bush Camp, Bremer Bay Resort and Quaalup Homestead thank you and your teams for the continued support and housing of our passengers! To the girls running the Rural and Hardware store, thank you for all the last minute supplies! The team at the Community Resource Centre, General Store, and Roadhouse (Cheryl’s) thank you for your continued support over the years!

Lastly, to the entire team at the Bremer Bay Brewery, specifically Zane and family, thank you for your warm and friendly welcome! A unique, friendly and safe place for families, the community and tourists to relax after a big day exploring the region! 

The volunteers!

From photographers, videographers and marine biology interns, you all are apart of our little family and your hardwork and positive attitudes makes Naturaliste Charters the unique company that it is. Blair at Sharkyaerials, your passion ignites the flame in our hearts! Michael from Aeroture, your comedy and belly laughs ensure we never take ourselves too seriously! The interns, boy, you lot this year were amazing! It is incredible to be able to facilitate these experiences and assist in your future marine careers. The photographers. 2021 saw our old faithfuls come back to create magic, you all outdid yourselves this year. In particular Machi! The fastest orca and bird spotter on the boat, your experience and knowledge is irreplaceable. 

Humpy Uw 300x222Image by Machi Yoshida. Humpback Whale.

To Dave Riggs, without you, we would have nothing to report daily on. Your cosmic energy is what drives us to do this every single day and the tale of “how it all started” will be ingrained into the future of the Bremer Bay Orcas forever! Thank you. 

Finally, to all of our passengers and those who could not make it this season, thank you for the continued support of the work we do!

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On behalf of the entire Naturaliste Charters family, thank you for coming onboard with us and we hope to see you again next season, 2022! 

Enjoy the photos with comments from each photographer below.

Cover image by Jake Wilton

TIP: The photo scroll bar below contains over 100 images from our photographers onboard. Some images contain comments. The scroll bar will automatically roll through images. If you wish to pause and read the comments just hover your mouse over the image. To continue scrolling either click the arrow or take your mouse off the image and it will roll on automatically. 

 

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Photographer - Melissa Zapelli:
By Naturaliste Charter Photographer - Melissa Zapelli: "It was an incredible experience to spend a week photographing Orca, Whales and Seabirds with Naturaliste Charters in February this year..."
Mel: “…I was only on the boat for a few days. I had barely got my sealegs before it was time to go, yet it was enough time to realise I had become seriously addicted!!…”
By Naturaliste Charter Mel: “…I was only on the boat for a few days. I had barely got my sealegs before it was time to go, yet it was enough time to realise I had become seriously addicted!!…”
Mel: “…The ocean is a deeply enticing place!  A place where the quality of light, colour and mood changes constantly.  Where everyday is different!!…”
By Naturaliste Charter Mel: “…The ocean is a deeply enticing place!  A place where the quality of light, colour and mood changes constantly.  Where everyday is different!!…”
Mel: “…Dark storm clouds cast shadows on the water which appears black and dense, giving no hint of what lies beneath, broken by raindrops which leave brief but beautiful marks on the surface, creating transient texture amidst great rolling waves.…” 
By Naturaliste Charter Mel: “…Dark storm clouds cast shadows on the water which appears black and dense, giving no hint of what lies beneath, broken by raindrops which leave brief but beautiful marks on the surface, creating transient texture amidst great rolling waves.…” 
Mel: “…As clouds thin the colours shift to softer shades of grey, sky and ocean merge, distinguishable only by the most subtle differences and movement of the water.  Spray descends constantly and sometimes waves crash dramatically over the decks…” 
By Naturaliste Charter Mel: “…As clouds thin the colours shift to softer shades of grey, sky and ocean merge, distinguishable only by the most subtle differences and movement of the water.  Spray descends constantly and sometimes waves crash dramatically over the decks…” 
 Mel: “…I end up soaking wet, but laughing with excitement.  The sun comes out and every tiny droplet of water is caught in sparkling light.  The tops of the waves turn white and dance up into the sky while beneath, glimpses of the most deep beautiful blue are visible for a few seconds before descending back into darkness.  The next wave comes, different in design and outcome but just as beautiful!!…”
By Naturaliste Charter  Mel: “…I end up soaking wet, but laughing with excitement.  The sun comes out and every tiny droplet of water is caught in sparkling light.  The tops of the waves turn white and dance up into the sky while beneath, glimpses of the most deep beautiful blue are visible for a few seconds before descending back into darkness.  The next wave comes, different in design and outcome but just as beautiful!!…”
Mel: “…Then there are the creatures that live there!!  Orcas, Whales, Dolphins, Fish and Seabirds, adapted perfectly for life far from land.  Intelligent, strong, beautiful and wild, at home amidst the swirling waters and winds!! Photography is challenging, a rough ocean, moving boat, spray and the weird spaced out feeling seasickness medication brings…”
By Naturaliste Charter Mel: “…Then there are the creatures that live there!!  Orcas, Whales, Dolphins, Fish and Seabirds, adapted perfectly for life far from land.  Intelligent, strong, beautiful and wild, at home amidst the swirling waters and winds!! Photography is challenging, a rough ocean, moving boat, spray and the weird spaced out feeling seasickness medication brings…”
Mel: “… It takes a bit of getting used to, using my body to brace against the railing, while trying to predict the movement of the boat so I can protect the camera from spray and focus on the action. An ability to move fast about the boat and predict where the Orcas are going to surface is also pretty dam useful!  As with everything the more you do it the better you get…” 
By Naturaliste Charter Mel: “… It takes a bit of getting used to, using my body to brace against the railing, while trying to predict the movement of the boat so I can protect the camera from spray and focus on the action. An ability to move fast about the boat and predict where the Orcas are going to surface is also pretty dam useful!  As with everything the more you do it the better you get…” 
Mel: “…Orca expeditions with Naturaliste Charters are easily the best and most challenging wildlife photography experience I have ever had!! I am already looking forward to the 2022 Orca season, to improve my skills, capture more images and learn more about these fascinating creatures and their home in the Bremer Canyon!!..”
By Naturaliste Charter Mel: “…Orca expeditions with Naturaliste Charters are easily the best and most challenging wildlife photography experience I have ever had!! I am already looking forward to the 2022 Orca season, to improve my skills, capture more images and learn more about these fascinating creatures and their home in the Bremer Canyon!!..”
Photographer - Jodie Lowe
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Photographer - Machi Yoshida
By Naturaliste Charter Photographer - Machi Yoshida "My name is MACHI YOSHIDA. I am Photographer on the Bremer Orca boat for 4 years. This year was full of surprises.  At the beginning of the season, I am so happy to see all Orcas, especially calves and sprouters watch them grow very well. They looked Happy to see us back on the water saying hello to them.  To put their head up and saying Hello to us that looked like response us..."
Machi:
By Naturaliste Charter Machi: "...As we go out to the canyon, we have seen newborn Orcas. This year we had three 2021 babies. This area has plenty of food and a great environment for Orcas.That makes all of us happy..."
Machi:
By Naturaliste Charter Machi: "...Fortunately I captured Orcas playing with baby sunfish.  Few of them are pushing Sunfish out of the water and passing to other Orcas. We have seen them eating baby sunfish on the surface but this moment was different.  They are jumping out from the water like crazy. It was amazing to watch them having fun..."
Machi:
By Naturaliste Charter Machi: "...This four month, we had Orcas but also had great encounters with other marine animals.  This is Striped Dolphins. They love swimming around the vessel. We had a three time encounter with these beautiful Dolphins..."
Machi:
By Naturaliste Charter Machi: "... And also Common dolphins. We normally see them as pods of 50-100 on shore, but this year we had around 800 + animals. Look around the vessels and the are everywhere for 1 miles away..."
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By Naturaliste Charter Machi: ..."Bird's life was amazing too. We saw Sooty Albatross and light mantled sooty Albatross.  Another sight of  rare birds were Gray petrol and Southern Royal Albatross..."
Machi:
By Naturaliste Charter Machi: "...In March, we start to see a big creature has arrived.  This Sperm whale is local. He is a massive male who survived being hit by a boat. The biggest toothed whale..."
Machi:
By Naturaliste Charter Machi: "...We see Orcas breach sometimes.  They are excited by finding something special for them  or having a good mood. Jumping out of the water also came to see us. We love this happy energy of Orcas..."
Machi:
By Naturaliste Charter Machi: "...A lot of the time Young one is very curious about our boat..."
Machi:
By Naturaliste Charter Machi: "...Pilot whales want to have fun too. Normally they swim in the  big pod but some of them are very cheeky  Pop heads up and show us their lovely chest mark and eyes..."
Machi:
By Naturaliste Charter Machi: "... At the end of the season, We had surprised by Fin whale.  We were watching false killer whales, and suddenly I saw big things come up on the surface. I couldn't figure it out at first sight but waited for the moment and we had a great sight of Fin whale...."
Machi:
By Naturaliste Charter Machi: "...Of course we had blue whales too. Every time amazed by this biggest animal ever lived on the planet. And Orcas did kill these big animals. I've seen this happen three times in three years. This make my sad, but remind me they are the king of the ocean " KILLER WHALE" ..."
Machi:
By Naturaliste Charter Machi: "...Some sad things happen and also there are always adorable things too. This year we had the best score of Blue penguin on the grassy island. It is the best moment of the end of the tour if you can find them. This day, we had 6 of them. This is the first time we saw six together. I was so excited because they are my favorite bird..."
Machi:
By Naturaliste Charter Machi: "... So 2021 was a lot of things for the first sight.  This is my best photo of  2021..."
Machi:
By Naturaliste Charter Machi: "... Orcas had fun licking salty water and also showing us its tongue and teeth. I never saw them tongue out in the wild water. This is how Orca should be. Look how happy they are. They are my spirit animals. I always wish their happiness and health. Thank you Orcas and thank you to the peoples around me. Matane. (See you next time in Japanese)"
Photographer - Keith Lightbody.
By Naturaliste Charter Photographer - Keith Lightbody.
Keith:
By Naturaliste Charter Keith: "Orca are the racing cars of whale watching."
Keith:
By Naturaliste Charter Keith: "Orca are the racing cars of whale watching."
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By Naturaliste Charter Keith Lightbody
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Keith:
By Naturaliste Charter Keith: "The Naturaliste crew are very passionate about whale watching."
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By Naturaliste Charter Keith Lightbody
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Keith:
By Naturaliste Charter Keith: "Breaching orcas are always a highlight!"
Keith:
By Naturaliste Charter Keith: "Breaching orcas are always a highlight!"
Photographers - Plaxy Barratt and Daniel Mantle:
By Naturaliste Charter Photographers - Plaxy Barratt and Daniel Mantle: "As always, the Bremer Canyon delivered incredible marine wildlife experiences this summer. We were lucky enough to get out right at the start of the season, in early January (4 days), and again in late March (3 days)."
Plaxy and Dan:
By Naturaliste Charter Plaxy and Dan: "We have chosen two very different highlights from both these periods."
Plaxy and Dan:
By Naturaliste Charter Plaxy and Dan: "The other side of the gentle, playful, Orca showing-off beside the boat - riding the bow waves and rolling on their backs - is the brutality of the hunt..."
Plaxy and Dan:
By Naturaliste Charter Plaxy and Dan: "In early January, we twice witnessed the aftermath of these hunts; this is as raw as wildlife experiences get..."
Plaxy and Dan:
By Naturaliste Charter Plaxy and Dan: "...Watching these encounters is a huge emotional tug-of-war. It is simultaneously deeply saddening to see magnificent beaked whales, deep diving champions of the oceans, meet such violent endings..."
Plaxy and Dan:
By Naturaliste Charter Plaxy and Dan: "...but also astonishing to witness how energised the Orca can be after these hunts..."
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Plaxy and Dan:
By Naturaliste Charter Plaxy and Dan: "...After the patience and coordination of the hunt, the Orca can let loose their emotions and remaining energy..."
Plaxy and Dan:
By Naturaliste Charter Plaxy and Dan: "...Revelling in oily, bloody waters -  the matriarch commonly parading the skull of the beaked whale - tail-slapping, and often culminating in breaching and spy-hopping!"
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Plaxy and Dan:
By Naturaliste Charter Plaxy and Dan: "Our March highlight showcased a much gentler side of Bremer Bay, when a massive Blue Whale was spotted only 5 minutes out of the harbour. And if a single 25 m plus animal isn’t magnificent enough, this mother had a tiny calf along with her. This shiny new youngster was no more than a few days old and was sticking close to Mum whilst she toured the warm, calm waters of the bay..."
Plaxy and Dan:
By Naturaliste Charter Plaxy and Dan: "...It was especially exciting to witness such a young Blue Whale calf in the bay, as we soon learnt this likely represents evidence of a previously unknown local calving area! But was it a Pygmy Blue Whale (the dominant local species) that should be calving closer to Timor in July–August, or was this an Antarctic Blue Whale?! It certainly seemed like it might be big enough to be the latter! The Bremer Canyon has revealed some of her secrets over the last five years, but there is still so much to learn, even from these inshore waters! What an incredible, magical place is Bremer Bay and Canyon!"
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Plaxy and Dan:
By Naturaliste Charter Plaxy and Dan: "And these are just our cetacean highlights, we are birders to the core, and seeing the throngs of shearwaters, petrels, storm-petrels and scattering of albatrosses gathering to pick over the scraps left from the Orca predation events is equally spectacular. And always exciting knowing the reputation Bremer has now built for attracting rare seabirds!"
Plaxy and Dan:
By Naturaliste Charter Plaxy and Dan: "We have also included one photo of Riggsy (David Riggs) spinning a yarn at the back of the boat. As this is what Bremer is really all about—camaraderie, shared experiences, and stories to take home and tell for the rest of your life."
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Photographer: Steve Reynolds
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By Naturaliste Charter Steve Reynolds
Steve Reynolds
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By Naturaliste Charter Steve Reynolds
Steve Reynolds
By Naturaliste Charter Steve Reynolds
Steve Reynolds
By Naturaliste Charter Steve Reynolds
Steve Reynolds
By Naturaliste Charter Steve Reynolds
Photographer - Selina Guckenbiehl:
By Naturaliste Charter Photographer - Selina Guckenbiehl: "My 2021 Bremer Bay Season with Naturaliste Charters was mind-blowing like last year when I joined for the first time..."
Selina:
By Naturaliste Charter Selina: "...It's an incredible feeling leaving the harbour early in the morning not knowing what the Orcas are up to on that day. You never know what to expect and that's why every day is truly special..."
Selina:
By Naturaliste Charter Selina: "...We had some calm days with spectacular close passes of the killer whales and we also saw powerful surging behaviour as they darted out of the water looking for food..."
Selina
By Naturaliste Charter Selina "...Time flies by way too fast when you're having an amazing time with wonderful people and beautiful orcas.
Selina:
By Naturaliste Charter Selina: "... I'm already counting down the days until I'm back in the Bremer Bay Canyon with Naturaliste Charters and the killer whales!"
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Nic:
By Naturaliste Charter Nic: "Love, LOVE this shot. It was a bitter, wintry day with grey skies and a menacing Southern Ocean when the birds and the orca came together for this magic moment. I’ve got this one framed on my wall."
Nic:
By Naturaliste Charter Nic: "The matriarch showing off the head of the recently demised beaked whale (with it’s beak snapped and hanging). We’d been about to call it a day and return to Bremer when the predation happened…we were late back to shore that day! It was a classic predation, orchestrated by the matriarch from start to finish."
Nic:
By Naturaliste Charter Nic: "Another one that I’ve printed and framed. The orca appeared right beneath me and with a long lens on my camera this was the widest shot I could get. I love the texture - I’m thinking the orca would feel like an eggplant 🙂 "
Nic:
By Naturaliste Charter Nic: "One of those shots you could never repeat with the placement of the bird in the eyepatch."
Nic:
By Naturaliste Charter Nic: "A final farewell after another magical day out at the Canyon. I was delighted to realise there’s actually three orcas on the left, surfacing together."
Nic:
By Naturaliste Charter Nic: "Catching up with the seals and sea lions on Glasse Island each day is always a lovely way to finish the adventures at sea. This year the colony had had their quiet paradise invaded by thousands of raucous crested terns."
Nic
By Naturaliste Charter Nic "My first ever sighting of the mighty sperm whale who treated us to a display of breached and tail-slapping."
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By Naturaliste Charter Nic "Incoming orcas. I loved witnessing all the orca calves antics this year. This one was just managing to keep up as the pod approached the boat."
Nic:
By Naturaliste Charter Nic: "I love the composition of this one with the three birds and the 6ft tall dorsal fin of the bull orca."
Nic:
By Naturaliste Charter Nic: "As Dundee will tell you, I love to use the afternoon backlight and always love the results."
More from Keith:
By Naturaliste Charter More from Keith: "The southern ocean air is refreshingly clean."
Keith:
By Naturaliste Charter Keith: "Orca photography is challenging if you want great photos."
Keith:
By Naturaliste Charter Keith: "Knowing some of the orca by name is like having an extended family."
Keith:
By Naturaliste Charter Keith: "Orca are the racing cars of whale watching."
Keith:
By Naturaliste Charter Keith: "Orca are the racing cars of whale watching."
Keith:
By Naturaliste Charter Keith: "Orca are the racing cars of whale watching."
Keith cont.
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Keith:
By Naturaliste Charter Keith: "I find watching seabirds in flight inspiring"
Keith cont.
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