The rain that had been forecast, never materialized, so the conditions on the water this afternoon were great. With some sunshine and cloud above, and flat water, our guests were treated to a magical time with some Transient ‘Bigg’s’ Orca, apex predators. Marine mammals are the prey source for these Killer Whales. We found this family of 5 Orca, on the Canadian side of Haro Strait. Capt. Jeff, first mate Casey and Biologist Mika gave great talks on the variety of wildlife to be found in these nutrient rich waters. We watched this family, the T 124A’s with the tiny baby milling around and zig zagging while moving through the waters. It is always a joy to see a new family member swimming close to its mother. A ‘ spy hop ‘ behaviour from the adult female, gave us a big thrill. We left then traveling north so we headed over toward the San Juan Islands and took in the sights of Spieden Island, where we saw one lone swimming, Stellar Sea Lion, several Sika Deer and a Bald Eagle perched on the island. It was another fabulous trip with Prince of Whales!
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.