Blue Whale Watching

I went on a Blue Whale Watching cruise from the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. We found a blue whale not far off the coast. The problem was that there were people on jet ski’s and other small boats that were too noisy and were getting too close.

This whale would come up to the surface, blow, glide on the surface, dive and then come up a few minutes later in a different spot. Some times you could predict where it would come up and sometimes you get surprised. Polarized sunglasses helped on occasion as I could see the whale when it was still under the water if it was close enough.

Blue Whales are very big, apparently it’s tongue is heavier than an elephant and it’s heart is the size of a small car. I never felt like we ever saw the whole whale. It was either the blow whole, it’s back or it’s tail.

I used my 70-200mm and most of the photos were taken at 200mm. The slowest shutter speed I used was 1/2000 sec and my aperture was at f6.3.

Blue Whale Blow

Blue Whale Blow

The blue whale didn't lift it's fluke much and when it did it wasn't very straight

The blue whale didn’t lift it’s fluke much and when it did it wasn’t very straight

This whale like to roll as it dived which made it's fluke look like a shark fin

This whale liked to roll as it dived which made it’s fluke look like a shark fin

Whales eat krill so their poop is orange

Whales eat krill so their poop is orange

Tail action

Tail action. Reminds me of the tail of the C-5A 🙂

The boat crew said they hadn't see this behavior before. All that water is from the whale

The boat crew said they hadn’t see this behavior before. All that bubbling water is from the whale blowing

I took a short sequence of photos and turned it into a very short video from the whale coming up for air to it’s dive.

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