It was a wild, windy, and ‘wavy’ afternoon, but the sun was out and so were the guests who wanted to take a west coast adventure on the the 3.30pm Ocean Magic vessel. With Capt David and crew members Dan and Claire on board, we headed due south from the harbour to seek out L Pod , one of the Southern Resident Pods of wild whales/ORCA, that eat salmon, preferably Chinook salmon. The entire group, 42 members in all, were well spread across the Strait of Juan de Fuca as they headed east. With the heavy seas all around it was challenging, but most exciting to watch the whales, performing tail lobs, breaches, porpoising and ” sharking” behaviours as they chased after their food source. We watched them as they travelled fast toward Discovery and Chatham Islands. What a spectacular sighting we had of these magnificent animals. Our naturalists gave a full account of the wonderful marine mammals that can be seen in the waters off Victoria. Our guests this afternoon were all smiles as they disembarked the Ocean Magic once back in the harbour.
Marie , ‘ Orca-Magic ‘
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.