The 12.15 and 3.30pm sailings this afternoon with Capt Scott in the wheel house, took the Ocean Magic out of the harbour and toward the west. We were on a mission to find Humpback Whales that were reported south of Race Rocks. However, a report came in that the Southern Resident Orca, the fish eaters, were heading out west at Otter Point and we needed to catch up with them to give our guests a real thrill. All members of the three Pods, J , K and L that associate often at this time of year in the Salish Sea. All 79 orca were altogether, all but three animals, the L 22 ‘s that remained on the west side of San Juan Island. Not sure why that sub, family group have remained in that vicinity other than a good possibility of a shortage of Salmon, that could not feed all three Pods at this time, in that same area. When we found them, the orca were well spread out across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Breaching, spyhop and tail-slap behaviours were seen under the blue skies as the orca travelled further west in search of Salmon. The winds picked up later and the waves added some excitement to the afternoon trips. Our great crew members, Casey, Jen and Lindsay shared a wealth of information with our guests on board. It was one of those magical trips spent with those charismatic Orca, that create such wonder for us all. We look forward to seeing them return to this area in a day or two once again.
Marie, Orca-Magic, Clint, Orcawizard.
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.