It was another fantastic Fall day on the BC coast. With warm temperatures and great visibility on the water , the Ocean Magic vessel with Capt David in the wheelhouse headed us east once out of the harbour. We stopped off Trail Island to view the Harbour Seals basking in the sunshine on the shoreline rocks. Several migrating Heermann’s Gulls with their flashy red bills were seen on the floating kelp beds. We had heard that many of the Southern Resident Orca, the salmon eaters were milling off the west coast of San Juan Island and heading our way . When we arrived, we found them in small family groups all around us. Some of the big males from L Pod were socializing with female members of J Pod. They were in a happy and playful mood. We were treated to behaviours of breaching and tail-lobbing. It was awesome to see so many whales in every direction. This was a ‘Superpod ‘ of Orca. Their route of travel was taking them out west. Naturalist Dan, gave an educational talk to our guests on the wildlife to be found in these waters. We returned to the harbour on calm waters under blue skies. It was another fantastic wildlife trip with Prince of Whales.
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.