So on the noon Ocean Magic trip, we (Captain Anna, naturalists Mika and Derek with passengers) took a wee jog (well just over 1 hour) almost 2 miles north of Sandy Point on Waldron Island in Boundary Pass to find Jpod, along the way spotting the odd harbour porpoise. The ocean was flat calm today, overcast with some rain and fog but never the less we found the orcas. The animals were split into 3 main groups. We remained somewhere between all the groups so we could observe them all. One of the groups had a number of youngsters and were displaying various behaviors such as spyhops, belly rolls, tail slaps. It seemed as though they were lounging and socializing close to one another. Just like the calm water, so were they. There was one breach by a female however I slightly missed it – saw it with my own two eyes though – sorry no good photo from me but Marie got one and I shared it in the set :). It was a rather zen viewing of the pod today and it was nice. We don’t always need to be with high energy orcas to feel such a positive energy vibe. The pod remained in their groups, all moving about but not really going in any direction. We left them doing just that – doing their own thing – whatever that is. It was a nice trip out there – on a wet west coast day. It’s another one of those signature experiences that remains with you long after it’s gone.
A write up from Orca Magic;
Ocean Magic Adventure, 12.15pm. Sept 15th.
It was indeed one of those westcoast days where the fog and the threat of rain materialized for the whole trip. However, the Orca were to be found near East Point and beyond and our Capt. Anna and crew members Mika and Derrek knew exactly where to find these mysterious creatures. The researchers were out in their boat too which made for interesting viewing as the Orca seemed to know who was who and made directional changes in their traveling to investigate. It was so peaceful and calm so our guests on board were given a somewhat ethereal experience while visiting the Southern Resident population of Orca. Members of all three pods, J , K and L were seen. Other cetaceans, such as Harbour Porpoise, marine birds and boat traffic added interest to our wildlife adventure this afternoon.