It was one of those days out on the water when not much was happening. It was quiet. Not very many boats, not a lot of birds or anything. The sky was boring and white. It was a little windy and cold. And then … off in the distance … a long way away … a huge splash!
Like a really huge splash!
I immediately thought “that splash was too big for an Orca”, but you never know, there are some big Orcas. Either way, there was something exciting going on.
Snoopy and I went to investigate and it happened again! And again! And again! I was keeping my fingers crossed that it would still be happening by the time I got there.
Five minutes later I was on the scene and a humpback whale was breaching! BREACHING!
There were two and one would breach right after the other giving me a few opportunities to get it right in camera, which was good because the task was made much more difficult by the fact that I was driving the boat at the same time. It seemed like every time I needed to reposition the boat a whale would breach.
In all my years on the water in British Columbia, I’ve never seen one breach before. In fact, I only saw a humpback for the first time around 2 years ago. Last year there were a few humpbacks. And this year they are all over the place. I see one almost every time I go out in the boat now.
And not only that but I saw, and captured, two humpbacks breaching side-by-side!!!
What started out as a fairly boring day on the water turned into one of the most memorable days, polished off by another first.
I saw a humpback blow a rainbow 🙂
That’s got to be a once in a lifetime thing!
Joe Hudspeth says
Fantastic! And you captured the scene beautifully! What a day!
Wow! What an amazing experience!! We’ve been boating in that area for almost 40 years and have never seen anything like that. You are one lucky person!! Great photos too!!!
Good luck followed by good shots! What a day it must have been.
Lucky you! Very exciting. I hope this week in sooke I am as lucky! Liz.
Beautiful shots. You were so lucky to see the whale breaching.
Sharon L Nelson says
So exciting Anne, great captures. Really enjoy your photos.