It was another fantastic Monday afternoon of wildlife seeking, here on the westcoast. Capt. Scott and Naturalist’s Dan and Brandon took the Ocean Magic 2 vessel out of the harbour under somewhat cloudy skies, however, they soon turned to sunshine as we watched a number of Dall’s Porpoise speed past. A research vessel was soon investigating these very fast cetaceans so we left this area to encounter J Pod Orca. These are the fish eating Southern Resident Killer Whales, preferring Chinook/King salmon. They were seen entering the Whale Park at San Juan Island. Many of the whales were foraging with J 2 ‘ Granny ‘ who at 100 yrs of age, was leading the way. J 8 , J 27 , J 26 , J 14 and L 87 were identified. Mothers and their youngsters were close inshore and seemed to be attracted to the other research vessel, flying a yellow flag. We watched these magnificent Orca spy-hop, breach and tail-lob. On our return, the wind picked up which created conditions for viewing the tall ships, Pacific Swift, and Pacific Grace with sails billowing. 5 intrepid Para-sailers were seen enjoying the choppy seas and boisterous wind off the waterfront. What an exhilaration trip with Prince of Whales once again!
Marie, ‘ Orca-Magic ‘
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.