04-27-2013: Crack of Dawn Orca Trip

Orca Calf

A young orca cruises along side it’s mother after an attack. Photo: Sack 04-27-2013.

We did a crack of dawn orca trip with a handful of regulars and had an amazing experience. Just remarkable. We were pulling out of the slip by 6:00 AM. Just starting to get light. Coffee in hands to do some orca hunting. Remarkably, we found them with the help of some salmon fisherman.

After finding a boring humpback, we heard reports from fisherman that there were orcas the East side of the Soquel canyon so we made a course.
A nice group of about 7 animals had made a kill and were hanging in the area feeding. They made multiple passes under the boat and alongside the boat.
Excellent sighting. We never saw what it was they killed. But there were a lot black-footed albatross feeding on the leftovers.

About Michael Sack

Boat Captain, Monterey Bay marine life naturalist and guide. Photographer and Videographer.
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