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Sunset Orcas


Dai Mar Tamarack, Expedition Leader, Safari Quest

After hiking, kayaking, skiff touring, and telling stories around the camp fire in British Columbia’s magical Princess Louisa Inlet, the guests and I all gathered along the shoreline to watch the Safari Quest navigate the narrowest part of the Malibu rapids.

Cameras ready in Alaska

It is so narrow that we must wait for exact slack tide to avoid the treacherous currents. The ship is expertly guided by our Chief Mate Rob, who once again steers the Safari Quest perfectly through. We skiffed back to congratulate him before continuing our wildlife search.

Just after I start my presentation about the hidden treasures of the rainforest around us, a guest pops his head in the door and says, “Whales, three-o-clock!”

Three male orcas in Alaska

I love being interrupted for wildlife, especially when it turns out to be three male orcas!

Orcas in Alaska

The water was glassy smooth, and the setting sun reflected off the shiny black six foot tall dorsal fins. The exhalations hung in the air, backlit as well.

Sunset with Orcas

I lowered our hydrophone (underwater microphone) but the orcas were silent. Maybe they were also taking in the beauty and tranquility of this perfect scene.

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