This is what we came to see on San Juan Island last summer. These beautiful creatures came right in front of us. My 70-200mm lens with at 2X extender was actually too much for many of the images as the Orcas swam directly in front of us. There were many images were I could not capture the whales within the frame. Lesson learned: Be prepared and have two cameras with different lenses available.
This guy was only about 50 feet from where were standing on rocks overlooking a kelp bed. Being so close, I could hardly keep still to take the images. It was absolutely amazing!!!!