Marije had to work late today. I was going to pick her up from work and I had told her not to worry if things got late because I could always watch the whales outside her office while I was waiting. On the way over to Logy Bay, I passed by Middle Cove and saw plenty of humpbacks in the bay, just looking out my car window driving along Marine Drive. No such luck in Logy Bay though, I waited for over an hour and all I saw were two minke whales popping up now and again.
Then, something moved into the bay. At first I saw it in the corner of my eye: something big and black was slicing through the water, cutting it like a huge knife ploughing through the waves. I did not connect the dots at that instance, only when I looked through my binoculars did I know what I was looking at: a killer whale! In my native language Dutch this whale goes by the name ‘zwaardwalvis’, which literally translates to ‘sword whale’, because of the huge sword-like dorsal fin slashing through the water.
As I stood there, amazed, it occurred to me I should take some pictures. Marije has always wanted to see these awesome whales in the wild, and here they were right outside her office while she was inside caught up in her work. I had no way of contacting her so I snapped as many shots as I could so she could at least have a good look at the pictures.
As I was taking pictures I counted 6 whales in this pod, probably a family because there was one huge whale, another large one, and 4 smaller but still large whales. The fishing boats that were passing by were obviously not as impressed as I was, some folks inside the boat didn’t even glance at them, while other just boated over to have a quick look before heading out again to catch more fish.
When I had a decent amount of OK shots, I decided to go get Marije. She just had to come outside to see them too, but when I started up the hill I saw her standing there! 🙂 She had come out about half an hour after I spotted them and had been standing behind me for a few minutes, enjoying the show. After she joined me, we both had a good look at them as they swam around for about an hour as they moved in and out of the bay. In the end a big humpback showed up and this somehow broke their routine, they came back once more and after that they were gone.
Well, enough talk, here are some shots from these orcas at the Ocean Sciences Centre:
Here’s a shot where you can see the big one and three smaller ones, the first of the three smaller ones is in front of the large fin, you can just make out its small dorsal fin. The group never got within 250 metres of us, had we been hiking on Sugarloaf Path we would have had a much better view I’m positive.
These lucky sea kayak guys got a very good look at them, in fact you could say they had the best seat in the house.
We had one last good look at them before the sun went down, as they disappeared around the corner, heading south.