Our Wildlife trip at 3,30pm took us once again out of the harbour and toward the east. We passed Trial Island and continued east toward San Juan Island where Capt Gord put us in a great position to observe members of J Pod, Southern Resident Orca that were busy foraging for their favourite prey item, Chinook Salmon. We were able to identify two male Orca, J 27,affectionately know as ‘Blackberry ‘, J 34, ‘Double Stuff ‘. We watched these members of J Pod travel with their immediate family members, when they weren’t chasing fish. The males particularly are never far, and are often seen traveling with their mothers, or sisters should their mothers have died. Their family ties are extremely strong. As the sun descended low in the sky it was time to head back to the harbour where our guests disembarked with big smiles.
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.