We had a genuinely unforgettable day out with our three children (12 and 10 year old twins). As with so many other wildlife viewing experiences it started quietly - one bald eagle in 2 hours - but with Aaron's keen eyes we eventually saw a black bear on the shore and another swimming in front f us shortly thereafter. Radio communication promised us Orca, hundreds of dolphin and humpback to come.
We had lunch watching the mother and calf humpback and just as we were about to leave them the Orca started to head in their direction. Aaron was excited but fairly sure there would be no encounter. Then it began to look inevitable and suddenly there was some thrashing on the surface and moaning of a kind that was unlike any whale I'd heard on TV as the Orca tried to split mother and calf. Mixed emotions at seeing such a rare sight but the Orca eventually gave up.
They weren't finished hunting though - within 10-20 minutes one got a sea lion but it to got away and we saw it gathering its wits in the shallows. We finished off with a display from some 300 dolphin on the way back.
Not for the faint hearted but while some day I may see bubble netting or a spectacular display of breaching - which are much more visible - this really was an incredibly lucky trip and one that will live with us all despite so much of it happening so fast and under water.
A most sincere thank you from all five Robertsons.
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