It was a beautiful day shaping up as the Ocean Magic with Capt David, in the wheel house, left the harbour and headed east. Southern Resident Orca had been found off San Juan Island, heading north. The Olympic Mountains south of Victoria were looking picturesque as we traveled in calm waters. A quick trip past Trail Island light-house afforded great views of Harbour Seals basking in the early morning sunlight. We found the whales foraging, and traveling slowly north up Haro Strait. Many of the whales were seen heading into Andrews Bay, San Juan Island. Naturalists, Dan and Jen introduced our guests to the spectacular sights and sounds of the west coast. We watched the youngsters of individual family groups in J Pod, horsing around together. One leapt out of the water with a surprise breach. It was a wonderful and awesome trip watching these charismatic marine mammals once again.
Marie, ‘Orca-Magic ‘, Clint, ‘Orcawizard ‘, Marcie, ‘Spirit Orca’.
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.