It was another fantastic Monday of wildlife seeking, here on the westcoast. Capt. Gord and Naturalist’s Dan and Casey took the Ocean Magic II vessel out of the harbour under somewhat cloudy skies, however, they soon turned to sunshine. We headed East to San Juan Island. Here we caught up with J Pod. These are the fish eating Southern Resident Killer Whales, preferring Chinook/King salmon. Many of the whales were foraging. Mothers and their youngsters were close inshore and seemed to be attracted to the other research vessel, flying a yellow flag. We watched these magnificent Orca spy-hop, breach and tail-lob. What an exhilaration trip with Prince of Whales once again!
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.