It was another gorgeous Tuesday in the Salish sea once again, and the Ocean Magic II, with Capt Jeff in the wheelhouse, was off on more exciting wildlife trips, one at 12.15 and the other at 3.30pm. The crew set a course for the east, once out of the harbour. We traveled past Trail Island where Harbour Seals could be seen, then across Haro Strait and onto the west side of San Juan Island. It was here that members of L Pod , the L 12’s, had been reported. We found them foraging in shore and traveling from Pile Point to Eagle Point on San Juan Island. Back and forwards they traveled interspersed with long dives, that kept us wondering where they would rise. We could see the large male L 41, affectionately called ” Mega ” was off on his own. His sisters with their calves were seen as well as the three members of the L 22’s. Within this L Pod group, we had the youngest member of L Pod, L119, born in 2012, and the oldest female
L 25, born in 1928. The rest of L Pod, K pod and J Pod whales that had arrived the day before to these waters, had traveled north most of the day. After a while, we left these amazing fish eating whales and returned to the dock. Our expert Biologists on board, Mika , Casey and Jen, shared their knowledge of the marine life found here, with our many guests.
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.