Our sightings of the Southern Resident, J, K and L Pod Orca continue with the summer sunshine, here on the west coast. It has been awesome seeing these fantastic marine mammals on a daily basis. Capt. Scott and our crew members Dan and Liz headed the 3.30pm Ocean Magic II vessel east toward San Juan Island under a cloudless sky. The water was smooth for our guests this afternoon, affording stunning views of Orca as well as the spectacular scenery to be seen in this part of the west coast. Mt.Baker, and the rarely seen, Mt .Rainier down Seattle way, stood majestic on the horizon. We identified members of L Pod , the family group, L 12’s and L 22’s were seen foraging inshore while L 22 and L 87 swam off shore. It was a beautiful, warm summer afternoon trip with several baitballs seen, attracting many gulls on our return to the harbour. Our guests experienced yet another thrilling adventure with ‘Prince of Whales’.
Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm telephoto lens. 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.