It was a rather grey afternoon with the threat of rain overhead as the Ocean Magic vessel left the harbour. With Capt. Anthony in the wheelhouse, and Dan, Jen and Claire as our Naturalists on board this trip, we headed east to San Juan Island to try to locate Southern Resident Orca that were reported heading North along the shoreline. We spotted the whales south of Lime Kiln Lighthouse slowly working their way north. It was simply magical to watch all the whales traveling in family groups. These whales were members of J Pod, the salmon eating Orca, that are often seen together throughout the summer months in these waters. It is always a magical and exciting encounter to watch so many whales travel slowly together. It was such an amazing afternoon trip and our Naturalists answered all our guests questions. Back at the dock we were all smiles as we disembarked the Ocean Magic!
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.