Our Monday afternoon wildlife trip got off to a good start with a report of ‘ Orca ‘ over at San Juan Island. A new baby calf in K Pod had been seen a few days earlier, so it was fortuitous that those on board the Ocean Magic this afternoon would get an opportunity to see this tiny calf. Not so tiny really when one considers that a baby calf is often 6-7ft in length and 300-400 lbs at birth. Against its mother of 20-24ft it appears very small. Capt. Gord set the Ocean Magic in a great position while we watched this family group, K 13’s, with K 27, affectionately known as ‘ Deadhead ‘, the mother with her new calf K 44, a male, swim by. We watched other members of K Pod and their youngsters, pass by. Although the sun didn’t come out this afternoon, conditions on the water were ideal for watching these charismatic marine mammals. Our knowledgeable crew, Liz, Brandon and Dan, kept our guests well informed of the wildlife to be seen in these waters.
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.