The summer, sunny weather continues and the international and local visitors are heading out on the water with ‘Prince of Whales ‘ to see the incredible wildlife to be found in these rich waters. Capt. Gord headed us out of the harbour and turned east toward Trail Island and points beyond. We had reports of Orca off the west side of San Juan Island. We soon came across a lone adult male foraging well off shore, and taking long dives. Other Orca could be seen off in the distance and were also taking long, long dives. It appeared that these whales were members of L Pod, part of the Southern Resident community of salmon eating whales. While manoeuvring the vessel to watch these charismatic Orca forage and dive, we found two Tufted Puffins floating along with the flood tide. This bird species is notably rare for this area. It was an exciting find and caught the attention of those on board. Our naturalists this trip were, Casey, Jen and Emily, and they shared their knowledge of the amazing diversity seen here on the BC coast. We, who live in this area are truly blessed to see so much variety. We found a few Harbour Seals on our return to the harbour. It was another amazing trip enjoying, ideal conditions and ORCA.
Marie, ‘ Orca-Magic ‘
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.