While on my 2015 Marine Mammals trip on the Johnstone Strait of the BC coast, I found the Pacific White-Sided Dolphin one of the most difficult to photograph. They surface quickly, and seemingly out of nowhere, and they are sometimes gone before you can even raise your camera (let alone release the shutter). Often it is not recommended that you shoot your camera without looking, however when it comes to these quick moving dolphin, they don’t leave photographers much of a choice. But despite their speed it was amazing how gracefully they moved through the water.
The Pacific White-Sided Dolphin resides in the cool waters of the North Pacific spanning from Asia to North America. They can tend to travel in large groups averaging approximately 90 dolphins. And they undertake an interesting behavior called “bow riding” where they ride the bow of boats, swimming under and around the bow of the boat. It was an awesome, and challenging behavior to photograph.
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Taken: August 9, 2015
Location: Johnstone Strait, British Columbia