Ocean Magic II Marine Wildlife Adventure Aug 17 9 & 1215

It was a gorgeous day on the water once again despite a little fog out west. Initially at 9am our Capt. David and crew members Claire and Dan took us east and north in search of those illusive Orca that had been seen the day before, but the whales had travelled beyond our reach. We enjoyed the stunning scenery that BC has to offer in this area, and the variety of bird life on the water. A stop off at Trial Island gave us great looks at Harbour Seals lounging on rocks and swimming in the water. The 12.15 Ocean Magic trip took us west in search of Humpback Whales that had been reported late that morning. Naturalists, Emily, Claire and Dan shared their knowledge of these fascinating ‘gentle giants ‘ with our guests. Although the sea was choppy and the wind got up, we had a great encounter with a humpback whale we call ‘Split Fluke ‘, named for a split in its tail/fluke. A visit to Race Rocks Lighthouse, on our return, gave us views of Steller and California Sea Lions, that just happened to growl and bark to show their differences. What a great wildlife trip once again with ‘Prince of Whales.’

Marie “Orca-Magic”, Clint “Orcawizard”

Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm & 600 mm telephoto lenses. 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.