Our afternoon wildlife trip took us well into US waters this Friday afternoon. Infact we traveled east from Victoria passing Trail Island with its lighthouse. Then across Haro Strait and south past San Juan and Lopez islands. Eventually turning north into Rosario Strait. Capt. Scott and his crew, biologist Mika, and naturalists Dan and Brandon, shared with our guests a wealth of knowledge highlighting the wildlife in the waters of the Salish Sea. We encountered members of K and J Pod foraging actively in Rosario Strait. It was awesome to watch these majestic animals chase after salmon. Young orca were very enthusiastically porpoising through the water. The scenery within the Strait was very picturesque with many islands and small towns visible. Our time with the Orca was soon over so we headed back to Victoria enjoying the calm water, the sunshine and views of the Olympic Mountains along the way. Another great trip 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.