Some days have to be grey to really appreciate the bright sunny days on the west coast. Sometimes too, there are no Southern Resident Orca around either as they can travel 100 miles in 24 hours always in search of their favourite food, Chinook Salmon. Generally though, there are other orca around as well as Humpback , Gray or Minke whales. This afternoon’s trip followed up on a report of Transient Orca deep in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Capt. Scott of the 12.15 trip and crew members, Mika, Casey and Jen, 3 biologists on board set us up well to view this family group of 5 whales, the T 46’s. A young calf of a year was always swimming close to T 46, an older mother of 49 yrs. They were in traveling mode and headed toward the picturesque Lighthouse at Dungeness Spit where harbour seals will often haul out. A few were seen but the whales actually passed by that area and headed in behind this very long spit of land. Perhaps they weren’t hungry. Later they appeared to find something momentarily but soon changed direction and headed out of this sheltered bay to proceed south east. The waters were flat calm but the clouds remained. Our guests had a great opportunity to hear the education component of the trip given my our expert and knowledgeable crew. Another fascinating trip on the productive waters of the west coast.
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.