What a great trip we had in store for ourselves as the Ocean Magic headed out of the harbour past two large cruise ships. We had our knowledgeable and experienced biologists, Mika and Rhonda, on board this afternoon, along with Capt. Scott who set a course west. Our guests were soon engaged with fleeting glimpses of a very illusive small Humpback whale. Since it disappeared quickly, we then traveled further west where at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve we were delighted to see two large male Elephant Seals sparring in the kelp beds within easy access to the landing ramp. Many Harbour Seals were apparent too on low lying rocks. Upon leaving Race Rocks we were soon surrounded by Harbour Porpoise, who are generally very shy and avoid boats. Luckily for us, not today. Our return trip brought us in sight of a large Humpback whale who gave us looks at its unique underside tail markings when it ‘ fluked ‘ and went down for a deeper dive. These mighty whales are awesome to watch at any time. We are getting more and more visits from Humpback whales. They are seen in these waters, earlier each year. This was another wonderful trip with Prince of Whales.
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.