New season for the’ Ocean Magic,’ 2012. Marine Mammal watching soon to begin!

We have it all here on the scenic west coast of British Columbia. It is just waiting for YOU to discover ! For those of you who are adventurous, the bright yellow zodiacs of ‘Prince of Whales ‘ have been making trips during the winter months and wildlife has been seen including some Orca sightings. The larger vessels ‘ the Ocean Magic ‘ are soon to start their Spring sailings, and there is much to see out there in these rich, cold waters. The diversity of marine life is awesome and can be encountered much of the time. We can boast of lounging Harbour and Elephant seals, sparing California and Steller Seal Lions, agile, bow surfing Dall’s and shy Harbour Porpoise. Even Pacific White-sided Dolphins are showing up. Gray, Minke, and Humpback Whales use these waters on migration at certain times of the year. Being captivated by the charismatic acrobatic, fish-eating Southern Resident Orca, is an experience, never to be forgotten. Memories are made here on the waters off Victoria. Guests can sometimes share their trips with the stealth hunters, Transient ‘Killer Whales’, Orca, that prey upon marine mammals. The sea bird life is diverse and can be viewed hovering over bait-balls, below the surface, of schooling fish . Stunning, rugged and wild rocky shorelines, wait to be viewed. Mystical Mt.Baker rises up from the horizon in the east on a clear day and those snow capped Olympic Mountains of Washington State capture the imagination when viewed south of Victoria. The picturesque Canadian Gulf Islands and the San Juan Islands of Washington State are seen north and east of our harbour. We share these waters with human and marine traffic, that ply the waves whether for business or pleasure. All around are the wonders of Nature to be explored in this part of Canada. It is only a trip away, so come on down and be wowed by our fun-loving, experienced and knowledgeable crew. ‘Prince of Whales’ is the place to go…
Marie “Orca-Magic”, Clint “Orcawizard”

Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm telephoto lens. 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.