Our Wildlife adventure on the Ocean Magic, with Capt. Gord in the wheelhouse started out at 9am in the fog but ended in sunshine. Initially our Captain took us on a mystery tour looking for Orca. In and out of the fog we searched until our yellow zodiac found and reported that several members of J Pod, the A group had been sighted. With Granny, J 2, the 101 yr old, the matriarch of J Pod, leading the way. It was great to see the whales disappear and then re-emerge from the fog, creating an ethereal setting for the traveling Orca. Granny in the lead, ‘spyhopped several times ‘, where she elevates her upper body above the surface of the water and looks around. She likes to make sure her family are all together. The whales were moving swiftly from the south, and then heading toward San Juan Island where the 12.15 trip found them once again foraging off the west coast of that Island. They later moved north, along the shoreline of the San Juan’s. Orca can travel as much as 100 miles in 24 hours. L 87, ‘Onyx ‘ was traveling with J 8, a female born in 1933, and several other family groups from J Pod were identified. Our knowledgeable crew, Casey, Jen and Claire shared with our guests an interesting and educational account of the wildlife to be found in these nutrient rich waters. It was another amazing and memorable experience with Prince of Whales. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed their excursions and were all smiles when they disembarked.
Marie, Orca-Magic, Clint, Orcawizard.
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.