With the sun out all day today, the conditions were perfect to find Orca that had been seen earlier. With flat calm water all around it wasn’t long before Skipper ‘ Casey ‘ at the wheel, was able to find the 9 Transient killer whales, the marine mammal eaters, that were seen still traveling slowly as though in resting mode. They were all grouped up and taking long dives as they traveled south east toward San Juan Island. Transient Orca are the top predators in the ocean, often seen taking down Harbour Seals, porpoise and sea lions. This afternoon the scenery was spectacular due to the clear conditions that prevailed. We watched these marine mammals for a while and then headed to Chain Islets where three species of Cormorant were seen, several Harlequin Ducks and a few Harbour Seals sunning themselves on low lying rocks. Our Prince of Whales yellow Zodiac afforded us great looks at some of the wildlife to be found in these nutrient rich, cold waters off the westcoast. Our guests were thrilled with their late afternoon trip that took us deep into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
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.