After 3 or 4 days aboard the Island Sky, I had no clue as to direction. And now I remember moments, not days or even specific names of places.
One of my strongest memories was the spotting and following a pod of Orcas. These were smaller Orcas known as Type B. They are a smaller version of the Orca but just as beautiful and aerobatic.There were 9 or 10 on the surface. That meant that there were just as many below the surface.
When the called of “WHALE!” was heard there was a made dash to the starboard side of the ship. I don’t think I have seen as many cameras in one spot before. Everything from cell phones to what ever those huge things were in water repellent socks! I had my trusty Canon 60X, point and shoot. It had an excellent zoom and for a non-photographer, it was perfect.
I stood on the deck outside our cabin and kept the “shoot” button down. That kept the shutter clicking. As a result, I got a couple of really good shots. Real fluke shots.
Orca’s traveling in the wild. Unbelievable.
It is a day that is imprinted on my brain and in my psyche. I don’t know how long the boat stayed with the pod. It was mesmerizing. As I watch these pictures scroll past my eyes and I can feel the cold on my face, I can hear the crack of ice, I can smell the sweet, clean air. But mostly, I relive the wonder.
Was it a fluke that I was there on that day? I don’t know. But I will be forever grateful that I could see, hear and feel the Antarctica on that day and in that place.