I have always loved whales and it was exciting to get this close to them. I was using a 200 mm. lens so we're not quite as close as it looks. This shot of the orcas was taken on an Island Mariner Cruise out of Bellingham, Washington. They offer 7 hour narrated whale search and nature watch cruises of the San Juan Islands. We followed this pod of orcas for a long time. There were many boats gathered around the orcas which seemed to pay no attention to any of them. The orcas were traveling steadily and if a boat got in their way, they simply went under it. I'm relatively sure that we enjoyed them a whole lot more than they enjoyed our attention.

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