Julorca – 23/12/23

First of all, we would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas!


It looks like the orcas had the same thought today and celebrated with us in a great Christmas feeding frenzy.


Two days ago was the darkest day of the year, the winter solstice, and we had some days with cloudy and windy weather.


Today, the weather has improved. The action in the past few days concentrated on the same area, so we headed out straight there at the start of the trip.


When we arrived, we came across a small pod of orcas. We saw five animals: a female-calf pair and three fully-grown males. Probably, the males were all the females’ sons. That would be an explanation for the small pod size.


They were in a sheltered bay, circling and diving in the same area for quite some time. I checked the chart, and the water depth was 20-40 meters, not too deep. So, I explained to the people that they were probably feeding (as they were stationary), but they did not bother to push the herring close to the surface as the water was not too deep.


We were alone with the animals, and the guests had a fantastic sight.


Towards the end of the trip, suddenly, more orcas rushed into the small bay, which confirmed to me that there was herring there.


After 2-3 pods started working on the herring ball, we quickly could see the panicked herrings jumping out of the water, humpbacks showing up out of nowhere, and the Christmas feast was on full power
Sorry for the quality of the photos. They are pretty dark, and even my battery died at some point, but I hope these photos will enhance your day.
We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas again!


God Jul til alle sammen
Enjoy!

-Krisztina

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