With continued summer weather and calm water all around, a trip on the Ocean Magic is what the halcyon days of September are all about. It is great to immerse ones self in the sights and sounds of this picturesque area off the BC coast. It is truly beautiful out there especially, under sunny skies. Our Capt David and crew members Clair, Dan and Emily, headed the Ocean Magic II out of the harbour and east and north in search of Southern Resident Orca that were reported north near Turn Point, at Stuart Island. It was here that we encountered members of L Pod, fish eaters, preferring Chinook Salmon since it is the largest of the salmon in these waters, and has the greater fat content. We watched these whales foraging in earnest. Eventually, they changed direction and started to travel south along San Juan Island. Our naturalists on board gave our guests an educational and interesting talk on the variety of wildlife seen in this area. A few shy Harbour Porpoises added interest to out trip. At Trial Island we observed a few lounging harbour seals on low lying rocks. It was another wonderful trip in ideal conditions with Prince of Whales and what a thrill for our local and international guests once again.
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.