It was another bright sunny afternoon in October , when Capt Scott headed the 12.15, Ocean Magic II vessel out of the harbour and set a course west to search for Humpback Whales that had been reported. We soon found an active ‘Bait-Ball ‘ where many gulls and sea birds congrigated. Their presence indicated that there were schools of fish below the surface. The calm surface of the water allowed for great visibility in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, so it wasn’t long before we saw several Humpback whales in the vicinity south and west of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. We watched these behemoths foraging. They would lift their Flukes prior to a deep dive that allowed for great amounts of water to cascade off those mighty tails. It is always fascinating to watch these huge whales in these waters. Several more whales surface as we travelled further west. Another report came over the radio that 2 Transient Killer Whales had been located.They were identified as the T 11 family two-some, a female with her son. He was a big fellow with a huge dorsal fin. They were in traveling mode and slowly heading out west, however they surprised us with a spy-hop behaviour. This activity really demonstrates how big these Orca are, especially the males. A visit to the lighthouse on our homeward trip, gave us good looks at Steller and California Sea Lions. It was a magical afternoon spent in the company of two different species of whale. Our biologists on board, Casey and Jen, shared a wealth of knowledge with our guests this afternoon. Yet another wonderful trip with Prince of Whales!
Clint “Orcawizard”, 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.