The west side of San Juan Island at this time of year, seems to be a magnet for the Southern Resident Orca. It appears that salmon seem to head that way too, the main food source for the Southern Resident Pods. Capt. Gord and our great crew members, Mika, Liz, Clair and Mckyla headed the Ocean Magic this Saturday toward San Juan Island. Under blue skies with relatively calm water all around we found some of these WILD marine mammals heading north close to shore. Some of the Orca were found off shore too while most of them were very close inshore. They actually headed south on the 12.15 trip toward False Bay. With wild animals, one can never be too sure where they will pop up. The erratic movements of chasing salmon by the Orca create challenging conditions for boat operators. When these animals aren’t traveling, foraging, resting or playing together, they show signs of being curious about boats and people, just as we are of them. These are endangered animals in these waters. Beautiful, charismatic creatures of the deep that deserve much respect. Our guests were delighted with their sightings on the Ocean Magic, this Saturday, July 30th. We even found Harbour Seal mothers with their little ones in a sheltered bay on our return to the harbour.
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.