The sun was hiding behind some clouds for both the 9am and the 12:15, the seas were flat calm as the Ocean Magic headed across Haro Strait once out of the harbour. Capt. Grod and our crew of naturalists, Casey, Jen and Emily provided our guests with a fun filled and educational trip as we encountered some of the wildlife found here on the westcoast. We found our way to San Juan Island, here we took in the sights of members of J Pod. They were foraging for salmon. Spread out all over the coast line. We saw spy hops, breaches and propising. It was an amazing encounter with these apex marine predators. We also observed the Pacific Swift, tall ship of the S.A.L.T.organization, and the ‘Prince of Whales’ sister vessel ‘Ocean Magic’ heading from Vancouver. What a great trip, once again, full of westcoast wildlife for our international and local guests.
Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm & 600 mm telephoto lenses. Because of our restrictions around wildlife (100+ meters), we use powerful lenses to better share orca activity that passengers see on their trips. Keep in mind this also heavily compresses space between objects. We also crop images for best blog viewing.