Magic Moments

Alaska Revisited

Doc and Ceci White revisit their favorite Alaska stomping grounds with the Ocean Magic team of Gage Hingeley and Julian Clark filming the action. Meanwhile, Doc captured over 7,000 photos along the way.

Doc takes us on a short but epic journey following “The Fish in The Forest”. In their book, by Dales Stokes (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), photographed by Doc White, the extraordinary interrelationship between salmon, bears and the Great RainForest are explored and documented.

"Our Backyard"

Sit back and enjoy cruising with Doc and Ceci White, as they head south along the California Coast, from San Francisco to San Diego, to explore "our backyard". One of the highlights is returning to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and revisiting friends. Offshore, they watch grays and humpbacks meander north, and a plethora of dolphin cruise with them as they head to Catalina Island. Northern Right Whale dolphin and Risso's Dolphin move together in a pod, with baby calves in tow.

Awesome footage filmed by the Ocean Magic team:

Gage Hingeley and Julian Clark.

Thanks to Beneteau and their top-of-the-line Swift Trawler 47 for making the voyage possible, safe and comfortable.

And thanks to Helly Hansen for keeping everyone warm and dry.


Swift Pacific Adventure

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Photo: Doc White/Harbor Seal

Excited to launch the Swift Pacific Adventure. Doc & Ceci White are heading off on another voyage, with our film crew, aboard Beneteau’s Swift Trawler 47. Join us as we explore our own backyard – the coastal Pacific. The newly launched Swift Trawler 47 has departed Seattle and is enroute to San Francisco, where the Ocean Magic Team will begin the San Francisco to San Diego leg. The Adventure includes exploring stunning coastal marine habitats, and the Channel Islands. It’s been an unusual year so far for viewing creatures who have wondered into local coastal waters - blue whales and Guadalupe fur seals have been spotted off Long Beach and Dana Point. We look forward to sharing photos and videos on this website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and BeauteauAmerica’s SwiftPacifcAdventure.com

Signing off from Juneau, Alaska

...About to head home after three incredible months transiting the inside passages of southeastern Alaska and BC. Many Thanks to our host, Tony Fleming, Captain Chris, and Helly Hansen for their generous support in making our adventure possible. As you can see from the Garmin tracker, our last few weeks have been busy, and the photos, more than words, best reflect our Ocean Magic experiences. We look forward to getting home and sorting through more than 7,000 images, as well as producing the film shot by our young crew:
Gage Hingeley and Julian Clark. I hope you will continue to follow our journey as we create the photographic and film narrative of Baja to Bering....
Out.
— Doc and Ceci White

Ocean Magic Moments

Doc's July Update, from Pack Creek, Alaska:

Heading south in Chatham Strait, we slip quietly by a sea otter nursery. I’ve never seen so many otters with their pups, mid-channel, in deep water ...seems unusual. We have 500’ under our keel...I get out my zoom lens for a close up of mom and pup. I couldn’t resist the panorama of the lone Black Bear feasting on sedge grass...he has the place all to himself. We drifted along mesmerized by the constant Humpie pec slap... this went on for 10 to 15 minutes. Farther on, we arrive just in time to view a spectacular Orca breech. Then we did our best to sneak by a gaggle of spotted seals hauled out on the ice. I couldn’t help but sympathize with the Bald Eagle teetering rather precariously on the finely sculpted ice floating by. Just now we are chugging toward Juneau. Looking forward to our excursion circumnavigating Admiralty Island with our film crew aboard. Cheers!

Praying for Salmon

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Doc White captures a brown bear deep in prayer: 

Lordie, when are those salmon gonna start runnin’…  

  

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Much excitement surrounds the sporadic spotting of Humpbacks as we make way from Hoonah to Sitka, Alaska.

Doc reports seeing many large cruise ships enroute to Sitka, perhaps the busy passages send the whales to less trafficked areas.   Stay tuned, the salmon will be runnin’ soon….

The Great Bear Rainforest

In the heart of the Great Bear Sea, Glendale Cove, British Columbia:

…Doc spots a couple of grizzly bears on the beach so we launch the big tender Louisa. We head in their direction while Chris (the skipper) remains on board to keep an eye on the anchor in the strong wind. One of the bears, a young male, continues grazing on sedge grass and pays little attention to us, allowing us to approach quite close as we take numerous photos and video.

                      Tony Fleming's Logbook 5.17.18 | Doc White Photo

Casting Off!!

We're off again, this time on our film/book project:
Baja to Bering, The 10,000 NM Whale Migration Baja California to the Bering Sea, Alaska.

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"Unforgettable Underwater Photography"

Congrats to Doc White, whose photo “Big Blue Mouthful” is featured in a new book: "Unforgettable Underwater Photography" (London’s Natural History Museum, 2018).

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This picture was the first ever to show, full frame, a blue whale with its throat pouch expanded, the pleats forced open by the engulfment of a gargantuan amount of water and shrimp-like krill. Having lunged through the krill swarm, the whale is expelling the water, forcing it through the massive sheets of hair-like baleen material, which hang from its mouth. To find large enough aggregations of krill, a blue whale is forced to travel great distances. But when a large swarm is located, the lunge-feeding technique is highly energy-efficient.

Photograph: Doc White/Unforgettable Underwater Photography/NHM
— London’s Natural History Museum