Although the west coast summer weather of June has been rather wet of late, our trips to find the ORCA have not been disappointing. Today, was no exception. There was plenty of cloud interspersed with sunshine above as our Capt. David, and Naturalists, Dan and Claire headed us in an easterly direction, past Trial Island where we were able to view Harbour Seals on rocks. It was here we also saw two juvenile Bald Eagles chasing one another. Farther east we encountered off the west coast of San Juan Island, a few members of J Pod. These Southern Resident Orca are the fish eaters, preferring Chinook salmon. J 2, ” Granny,” and her family group, the J 14’s, were seen foraging apart but fairly close to one another. J 8, ‘Spieden” was also seen. These two females are the oldest in J Pod. We watched as these magnificent creatures exhibited some of their familiar behaviours, with tail lobs and breaches delighting our guests on board. With flat calm conditions off San Juan Island, out trip gave everyone good views of the marine animals. Despite the wind and waves on our return to the harbour, all our guests had a great time, enjoying the magnificent scenery, and wildlife that the west coast has to offer.
Marie “Orca-Magic”, Clint “Orcawizard”
Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm & 600 mm telephoto lenses. 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.