The two Chirpoy Islands are the remains of a partially submerged volcanic caldera which measures 8-9 kilometers wide. Arrival early morning, with high expectations of a Zodiac cruise around the coast of Brat Chirpoy in the afternoon, gave me time to hang out at the stern taking pics on a bright sunny day.
In no time flat, excited voices were yelling "killer whales".........people rushed to the railings, cameras at the ready.
These were my first Orcas ("killer whales") and
the pod was large. Moving through
the water they were quite mesmerizing to watch......
......if you'd enjoy knowing more about orcas, go HERE.
Soon they were swimming away from the ship and we were
advised to prepare for Zodiac cruising which would be our afternoon delight!
The scenery was spectacular, the water a little choppy,
but the volcanoes, some steaming, and the
bird life had us excited.....
Pic via Paula
.........however, this was also the day of my close encounter
in a Zodiac boat......more on that next time!