The 12:15 Ocean Magic set out of Victoria’s inner harbour and out past the breakwater into a overcast afternoon. Our Skipper Jeff was at the helm, and soon had un watching Orca. We had T20 and T21, Transient Orca just off Victoria’s waterfront. Our First Mate Casey and Naturalist Jen passed along a wealth of knowledge of these apex marine predators. The Orca were traveling west towards Race Rocks, taking a few breaths on the surface then down for a four to five minute deep dives. We then headed east past Trial Islands Eagles and Harbour Seals and on to Haro Straight. Here we caught up with more Transient Orca. The T49’s and T65’s. They were actively hunting a Steller Sea Lion. There were Tail Slaps, Breaches, Spy Hops and Lunges. Very spectacular, and our passengers loved the show. It was an amazing afternoon on the water, everyone was all smiles when we docked back in Victoria’s Inner Harbour!
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.