It was a beautiful afternoon shaping up for the 12.15pm Ocean Magic vessel as we left the Victoria Inner harbour with Capt. Anthony and Capt. Geoff in the wheelhouse. First Mate Casey and Naturalist Jenn gave an expert presentations of our safety procedures and discussed the possible wildlife to be found in these nutrient rich waters. There were many sail boats, with sails flying high, as we cruised the scenic Victoria waterfront. We turned east and then north up Haro Strait to find Transient Killer whales reported just off Pender Island. These apex hunters were milling around off the north end of Pender Island. Transient killer whales are the marine mammal hunters, preferring seals, sea lions, porpoise and dolphins and even small whales. We observed Tail Lobs, Beaching and Tail Stands. We stopped on the way back to observe Cormorants, Harbour Seals and Bald eagles. Our guests on board were thrilled with this encounter and were all smiles when we disembarked at the dock in Victoria. Another great 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.