Capt. Scott, and crew members, Casey and Jen headed the Ocean Magic out of the harbour and set a course east toward San Juan Island, and Salmon Bank. It was in this area that we were in for a surprise. Several Minke whales, the Baleen type of whale, were lunge feeding at the surface. There were sizable ‘ bait-balls ‘ in every direction. As the Minke’s surfaced below, the gulls would flock to that area where small bait fish were ejected in to the surface foam, created by the whales. Amazing to see this act of foraging. Generally, these whales are not very visible, but today we were lucky. There were at least 4 Minkes foraging. We left them and headed to Pile Point, San Juan Island, where we encountered the L 22’s, a small family group comprised of a female Orca, L 22 with her two grown son’s, L 89 and L 79. We watched them travel slowly along the shoreline. A brief stop at Trail Island on our way back, gave us looks at Harbour Seals lounging on rocks. It was another warm and sunny afternoon with picturesque scenery all around.
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.