A Great Day with J Pod – 4/7/16

What a great day. To be honest, I would say that about most days. I love being on the water, rolling over waves, salt spray in my hair, catching glimpses of mystical whales. Today  we saw the Southern Resident Killer Whales, specifically a portion of J Pod. They are incredible. They are enduring. This population is in a dire situation with just over 80 individuals remaining. I am incredibly fond of the way we have been able to catalogue and name them, connecting to them in a familiar way. There are names like “Cappuccino”, “Blackberry”, and “Oreo” (now I’m hungry for some reason).

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They were travelling around, splashing, leaping, seemingly aware of the boats yet keeping their distance. As we kept ours of course. I deeply respect these animals and want nothing more than to help protect them. These photos are some of the highlights.

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This day includes my favourite action shot I have ever taken to date. It is of “Onyx”. Such a stud. He came out of nowhere, well away from our vessel. I don’t even know how I managed to focus my camera in time but with the right zoom and coordination I was able to capture his breaching arc at just the right moment.

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L87 “Onyx”

An amazing shot to go with another amazing day on the water.

-Jen

 

This story was adapted from a blog post from Pineapple Jen.  Read the full story here

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