Tuesday, September 05, 2006
The noon trip on the Ocean Magic II led us near the coal docks off Vancouver, BC. There we found J pod in Georgia Strait heading west and breaching out of the fog. The heat of the midday sun soon burned off the remaining low-lying cloud and the calm-blue waters made a beautiful backdrop against the slow moving whales. The air was still and the mists of their blows remained and hung in the air. Ruffels’ / J1 wavy fin was enhanced in the back lighting and heavy mist. He lobbed his tail and revealed how male killer whales have much more curved flukes than females. The stillness of the water enhanced the percussive sounds of their activities and underwater vocalizations.