What a Fluke

Whale's Tail

 Antarctica 2018 by Gael Mueller

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.

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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.

Categories: Antarctica, expeditions, Orcas, Travel, Uncategorized, WhalesTags: , , , , , ,


  1. wow! that first picture is awesome — love the details in the fluke, never realized that the top edges are ragged rather than smooth. Enjoyed reading of your experience in Antartica. Thank you for sharing.


  2. Wonderful. Antarctica is still on my list. Sounds as though your visit was amazing and then some.


  3. Wow. Memories. I spent several 8 hour days at whale research facility here on Maui attempting to ID humpbacks by fluke. Flukes are like fingerprints, just in case you hadn’t heard that. Thousands of slides and I got one match and everyone was actually impressed that I got even one. That’s an awesome shot. I wonder if there’s a database of flukes online these days? Great memory to share. Great Fluke!

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  4. I sent the picture to the cytologist on the trip. He is running it through databases. So far no luck. They are magnificent creatures! I want to go back!

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  5. A brilliant fluke, thank you for sharing your beautiful photos. And I’d like to thank you for following my blog/website, muchly appreciated, I hope you enjoy reading my humble writings and I’m from Geelong, Australia. Cheers. Ivor 🌏

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  6. Ivor, I am from San Luis Obispo, California, USA. Nice to meet you!


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  8. What a beautiful, moving post. I have never seen whales in the wild and yet they never fail to leave me in complete awe. Such majestic creatures…you are blessed to have had such a moment. It is really hot here today but I could almost feel the chill of the arctic air…thank you…🙏😊

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  9. Very neat experience. Thanks for sharing. I love the close up of the whales tale.

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  10. What a wonderful opportunity I agree it would be a day to always treasure.

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