The great summer weather continues with hours of sunshine and warm temperatures. Add to those conditions plenty of sightings of Orca and we have a recipe for lots of spectacular wildlife trips with Prince of Whales. Capt. Scott and his crew, Mika, Liz and Dan headed the 12.15 Ocean Magic vessel toward Eagle point, San Juan Island, where members of K and L Pod, Southern Resident Orca, were enjoying the tranquil water. We could see the K 13 family group with the tiny calf, K 44, of three weeks, traveling fast in a southward direction. Several other females from L and J pod were with their young off Eagle Point. One particularly energetic youngster, enjoyed backward swimming and would spyhop and breach at times. The research vessel was out and about with ” Tucker ”, the black Lab, who has been trained as a whale SCAT sniffer, sat in the bow of the boat wearing his yellow life vest. Always a very interesting sight. All too soon it was time to return to the harbour. Our crew gave our guests an informative and educational review of the incredible animal life to be found in these nutrient rich waters. It was another super wildlife trip Sunday afternoon 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.