It was one of those wild and windy afternoons where everything magical happened. We had whales, Orca, and that made for a thrilling adventure. Capt Scott took the 12.15pm Ocean Magic out of the harbour and headed us east toward San Juan Island. Members of our Southern Resident clan of fish eating ORCA, J and K Pod were chasing salmon in the cresting waves when we arrived. ‘ Mike ‘ a 20 yr old male Orca, named after Michael Bigg, the Canadian biologist who pioneered Killer Whale/Orca research in BC, put on quite a show for us. Other members of his family were identified as well as K 20 ‘Spock’ and her youngster,K 38 ‘ Comet ‘ It was an exhilarating afternoon, and our guests on board enjoyed the commentary from crew members Mika, and Liz. We looked for the Minke whale that had been reported by to no avail. What a memorable trip, way to go, ‘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.