It was another magical day on the west coast of BC. The sun shone and the water was calm. Our guests on board this Monday afternoon’s Ocean Magic trip were treated to stunning views of the many picturesque Islands to be found around the Salish sea as well as sea birds and marine mammals. Capt Scott took us across Haro Strait to view members of J and L Pod, two of the three Resident Pods to be seen frequently in these waters at this time of year. We found L 84 swimming alone and two other males from L Pod off San Juan island. We heard that several more Orca were up at Kellet Bluff, Henry Island,so we headed that way and were thrilled to see many members of J Pod. Young J 42, ‘Echo ‘ kept breaching off in the distance, while several Orca traveled slowly, tight into the bluff where Kayakers were resting. One amazing Orca spyhopped close to them. What a thrill that must have been. ‘ Granny ‘, J 2, the Matriarch of J Pod spyhopped for us. Our knowledgeable crew shared a wealth of information with our guests. Our return trip took in a Harbour Seal right by the dock where we disembarked. What a great trip once again with Prince of Whales.
Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm telephoto lens. 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.