It was another golden afternoon with plenty of sunshine and calm water and whales. The tall ship, Pacific Swift was seen in all her splendour as we headed north up Haro Strait. The Southern Resident Orca we had seen in ‘quiet mode’ off San Juan Island earlier on the 12.15pm trip, had now traveled quickly north to Boundary Pass. Capt.Gord and Naturalists, Liz, Brandon and Dan set the Ocean Magic in a great position so that our guests had great views of the K 13 family group of whales traveling off by them selves. Members of J Pod were seen also within this area of the Pass. The Orca were traveling slowly once again and taking deep dives. We watched these charismatic marine mammals head off toward East Point on Saturna Island. Our return trip took us past Johns Island where a Turkey Vulture flying over head was seen and some Tepee set up for the children’s summer camp. What appeared to be 4 straggler Orca were later viewed south of Henry Island. It was another awe inspiring wildlife trip 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.