Capt. Scott and crew members Mika, Casey and Lindsay, slipped the Ocean Magic II from the dock and headed out of the harbour. We turned left for points out east, where reports of the ‘ black and whites ‘, the Southern Residents. We found members of L Pod, the L 54’s, a mom named Ino, and her three offspring. Two large males, L 84 ‘Nyssa’, and L 88, ‘ Wave Walker ‘, were with her too. All the orca were busy foraging up and down the shoreline of San Juan Island, chasing Salmon, their preffered food source. A couple of surprised breaches occurred off in the distance. Our guests were thrilled with this visual and educational encounter. These are the charismatic ORCA that everyone wants to see, especially on a sunny, late August afternoon. Awesome once again!
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.