It truly is peek season for Humpback Whales in this area. New ones show up almost daily and some familiar ones return, seeking the rich, cold waters of the Salish sea that surrounds this area. Capt Jeff in the wheelhouse of the12.15, Ocean Magic II vessel this Thursday afternoon, headed us out of the Victoria Harbour, and set a course west. We were hoping to encounter some of the amazing wildlife to be found at this time of year. Sure enough it wasn’t long before we found several large whales , the Humpback Whale, foraging enthusiastically in the tide lines that hold so nutrient. Bait-balls of schooling fish were evident in every direction. Hundreds of squawking gulls and sea birds on the surface certainly indicated that the waters were teaming. We were thrilled with the 7 active Humpbacks that were to be found close to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Their activity included deep dives with raised ‘Flukes’ that allowed for rivers of sea water cascading from their tails. Always thrilling to view. We also had great views of Harbour and Elephant Seals, Steller and California Sea Lions at Race Rocks Lighthouse. What an amazing trip once again. Our Biologist Jen, and Naturalist Bo, shared the educational aspect of our trip with our many international guests on board.
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.