Capt Scott and his team of Naturalists, Dan and Casey, headed the Ocean Magic II vessel south east to search for the Southern Resident Orca that had been reported traveling slowly east toward San Juan Island. We caught up with them near Middle Bank. We could see members of J and K Pod, Southern Resident Orca, salmon eating whales, were foraging off shore and taking long dives. The matriarch, J 2, ‘ Granny ‘ was seen leading her family group. One female spy-hopped for us delighting our guests. After watching these playful marine mammals for a while, we then headed west to encounter two Humpback Whales, a mother and her active calf. The young calf delighted us with several tail lobs. A visit to Race Rocks provided us with great looks at Steller and California Sea Lions. The light winds, some sunshine and calm water, made for a very pleasant afternoon trip full of amazing views of the great wildlife to be found on the west coast.
Marie, ‘ Orca-Magic ‘
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.