Travelling on the prince of whales.

One of the big things on my to do list was seeing Orcas. I have watched many nature documentaries and often seen these powerful beasts hunting seals and even dolphins. I always dreaded being in the water near where they are. So when I booked my Victoria trip I decided to go whale watching too. The Prince of Whales is the whale watching boat/company that I travelled with on my whale watching adventure.

That was the last photo I took with my digi cam before the battery died completely. Bad luck yes. But luckily I knew that it was running out and so I bought a disposable film camera with me too. I just got it developed and put onto disk so I can share some of those photos with you. It had been so long since I had worked with film! The anticipation of wondering how they’d turn out is something you just dont get with digi cameras and I liked remembering that.

So I learnt a lot on the tour. It went for three hours, I was sitting up on the top deck outside and an older english couple chatted to me for most of the time. It’s funny how English and Australians seem to have an easy connection.

The water was quite calm and although it was freezing we were lucky in the fact that it was perfect spotting conditions and it didnt really rain. Our guide was really informative, he had been in the job for a while and loved the environment and the animals. He told us that there are actually 3 different types of Orcas – each with seperate DNA (even though they look the same). The first are the RESIDENTS – they live in family groups around the same areas and they eat salmon or fish they never eat mammals. Next we have the TRANSIENTS – they roam around in groups and these are the ones that track and hunt mammals – seals, dolphins and even small whales. He said that they have been known to attack a baby humpback whale and then once they have eaten the tongue they leave the rest of it for other creatures to eat. Lastly we have OFFSHORE and these ones eat mammals too but they live in the middle of the ocean.

First on the tour we saw TRANSIENTS – he thought they were hunting porpoises but thankfully we didnt see anything.

Then after a bit of watching them we decided to head to see the RESIDENTS. We found them around San Juan Island, hunting salmon that were coming out from the river into the ocean. There were lots of them around, but unfortunately we couldnt get too close due to the fact it was a US island.

It was amazing seeing these creatures up close. They were so majestic, it was magical.

Then on our way back we got news of a humpback whale sighting and were very very lucky to catch sight of it too. The only thing about film is that you cant zoom so these look really far away but we were actually a lot closer than it looks.

It was such a wonderful trip, if you get the chance to see wild animals in their natural habitat then please do so, you wont regret it.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cristina
    May 29, 2010 @ 10:37:00

    It’s the only thing I haven’t like ever.. that the film always make the pictures look far.
    Anyway, you had the chance to see them! It’s cool. Interesting.. I didn’t know about the 3 types either! I’d like to watch them some time, it has to be great.



    • Alesha
      May 29, 2010 @ 11:27:49

      Thanks Cris! Yeah I was so annoyed when my battery died, couldnt believe I forgot the recharger! Ah well, these things happen. Atleast I got to try film again hehe.


  2. Gail
    May 29, 2010 @ 18:48:40

    Hi Alesha,
    I learnt something new about whales today as I did not know about the 3 types.
    Trip looks awesome.


    • Alesha
      May 29, 2010 @ 19:37:29

      Hi Gail!! Hehe always good to learn something new!! You should also google their different sounds, it’s quite scary listening to the noises the transient mammal eaters make compared to the fish eating residents. I’ll email you the link.

      It was really great!


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