It would be another great wildlife adventure shaping up this Thursday afternoon here on the west coast. With some cloud and sunshine forecasted Capt. Scott and our on board biologist, Mika, headed us out of the harbour and east toward Haro Strait where reports of the Southern Resident Orca, salmon eating whales were traveling north toward the Canadian Gulf Islands. They were first sighted offshore of San Juan Island. We found several members of J Pod, including J2, ”Granny ” the 100 year old Matriarch of J Pod, traveling close to Kellet Bluffs. J 27 ‘ Blackberry ‘ was evident too as was the new baby male calf K44, seen traveling with his mother, K 27, ‘ Deadhead ‘. Our time with these charismatic creatures was soon over so we headed back to the harbour after a search for an illusive Humpback Whales, which came to the surface for a couple of breaths then disappeared. There were several baitballs and hovering gulls, seen on our return as well as the ‘Pacific Grace ‘, tall ship, in full sail. It was another delightful afternoon adventure with ‘Prince of Whales’.
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.