Under cloudy skies the Ocean Magic vessel left the harbour. The water in the Strait of Juan de Fuca was flat calm so any whales around could soon be spotted. Capt Anthony and crew members Dan, Claire and Emily, headed us east toward Trail Island. With a backdrop of mist-shrouded Olympic Mountains, the west coast scenery took on a mystic appearance. We headed south and east toward the San Juan Islands as Orca, the Southern Resident whales had been reported. These are the fish eating, Orca that prefer Chinook Salmon as their prey source. We watched as members of J and K Pod foraged, and socialised. Large males were seen swimming by. J 26, ” Mike ” was easily identified. A youngster breached off in the distance, delighting our guests. We had whales all around, but well spread out. Two bird species seen , were identified at Rhinoceros Auklets, and Pacific Loons. It was an amazing time watching these charismatic Orca behaving with exuberance as so often seen, when chasing fish in one of their favourite habitats. It was yet another memorable trip with Prince of Whales.
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.