Under cloudy skies, this weds afternoon, Sept 4th, the Ocean Magic II vessel slipped its moorings at the dock in the harbour. Capt Jeff in the wheel-house and crew members Mika, Jen and Casey were on board to share their knowledge of the Salish Sea with our guests. There were some bands of fog around, however we had heard that the Southern Resident Orca, the fish eater whales, were seen in the area, so we headed east. Members of L, K and J Pods were found foraging off San Juan Island. Several First Nation’s fishing fleet were also out trawling for salmon along the shoreline. The Orca were traveling slowly between the boats and along the shore. They too were catching fish that seemed to be jumping out of the water at intervals. The 3.30pm trip found the Orca had travelled further north up Haro Strait. An enthusiastic youngster gave us a surprise breach. It was magical to watch these charismatic animals doing what they always do, travel in search of fish.
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.