As Capt Scott in the wheel-house of the 3.30pm Ocean Magic, left the harbour the view of the Olympic mountains before us was most picturesque. Add to the west coast view, some sunshine and calm sea and the knowledge that we were on our way to encounter the Orca, our guests on board were truly impressed. L Pod, one of the Southern Resident pods, salmon eaters, was heading in from the west and had already reached Discovery Island. Many ‘Orca’ behaviours that included spyhops, porpoising and tail-lobs were seen. The family group L 12’s that included L41 ‘Mega ‘, a large male was identified. A research boat from the Centre for Whale Research on San Juan Island, attracted the attention of some of the members of L Pod. As we left this area, Mt.Baker on the eastern horizon stood majestically in the late afternoon light. What a magical, and educational trip once again 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.