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[*] posted on 4-20-2016 at 05:05 PM
Orcas in Loreto


I've heard there are killer whales in the area and finally got a first hand look this afternoon when I was provided an escort by a pod of about 50 as I rounded Punta Lobos.

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[*] posted on 4-20-2016 at 05:09 PM


Loreto orcas

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[*] posted on 4-20-2016 at 05:11 PM


How cool is that?
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[*] posted on 4-20-2016 at 06:05 PM


These must be escapees from the cold water who said they are not going back to Alaska.



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[*] posted on 4-20-2016 at 06:09 PM


Those range to the BdeLA area as well. Entirely different group than those off Calif and north.



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[*] posted on 4-20-2016 at 06:14 PM


Great pics, Bill! We saw a pod of them last August off of Punta Banda. So cool to see them in the wild!



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[*] posted on 4-20-2016 at 07:18 PM


Fantastic photos and would be neat to find out what pod they are...we have a tropical type in these parts but sometimes they do stray down here from Socal too. Can you email me ones that we can use to ID them...the saddle patch area is what we need...thanks...sharibondy@gmail.com

Can you also note what type of behaviour they were engaged in....traveling(what direction & speed), feeding(on what), resting, play or anything noteworthy about them...also how many in the pod please!




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[*] posted on 4-20-2016 at 08:23 PM


Super awesome, it was your lucky day!

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[*] posted on 4-20-2016 at 08:27 PM


Wow! Very cool!



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[*] posted on 4-20-2016 at 08:54 PM


Great photos Bill!



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[*] posted on 4-20-2016 at 09:09 PM


Awesome!! Thanks for sharing.
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[*] posted on 4-21-2016 at 05:21 AM


That's really exciting! Memories of the Hood Canal, Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound ... Thanks



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[*] posted on 4-21-2016 at 08:24 AM


Great shots Bill.
In my 20some years of fishing out of Loreto, I have only seen Orcas twice, and only in small pods of 5 or 6 animals.




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[*] posted on 4-21-2016 at 11:25 AM


Quote: Originally posted by shari  
Fantastic photos and would be neat to find out what pod they are...we have a tropical type in these parts but sometimes they do stray down here from Socal too. Can you email me ones that we can use to ID them...the saddle patch area is what we need...thanks...sharibondy@gmail.com

Can you also note what type of behaviour they were engaged in....traveling(what direction & speed), feeding(on what), resting, play or anything noteworthy about them...also how many in the pod please!


Shari.....I sent pics of the orcas to your email address. I came across them yesterday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. (April 20) as I rounded Punta Lobos on the north end of Isla Carmen at:
N 26* 04.51'
W 111* 03.58'
They were traveling north at a pretty good clip, around 10 knots or so. I initially said that there were 50 in the pod, but it may have been as few as 30. They were in three or four smaller groups and I was trying to stay close enough to some of them to get some pics. They were not trying to avoid me, but neither were they slowing down to help me with good photo ops.
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[*] posted on 4-21-2016 at 11:36 AM


Out Standing Shots...Thanks.
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[*] posted on 4-21-2016 at 11:41 AM


thanks so much for the info....I have duly sent it on to Killer Whale researchers in California.



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[*] posted on 4-21-2016 at 12:50 PM


Wow, red letter day. Thanks for posting. You been out to Thetis Bank recently? Miss those phis photos.
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[*] posted on 4-21-2016 at 05:36 PM
Loreto Orcas


Nice pics. They have been seen, and videoed, feeding on the Mobulas which are super abundant here in Loreto this year.



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[*] posted on 4-21-2016 at 06:50 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Santiago  
Wow, red letter day. Thanks for posting. You been out to Thetis Bank recently? Miss those phis photos.


I brought my boat back across the hill in late January. The pelagics should be back on the banks outside Mag Bay around August and I plan to be over there to meet them.
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[*] posted on 4-21-2016 at 07:33 PM


Cool pictures. I've seen a few orcas from a distance but never close. Life goal for my mex trips.
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