The afternoon wildlife trip set off this Monday with Capt. Gord in the wheelhouse. Naturalists, Brandon and Dan were on board to provide our guests with an educational and fun filled trip. A report had come in that the Southern resident Orca had been seen earlier, but after an extensive search, south and east we were unable to locate them. Our Capt then headed the Ocean Magic west toward Race Rocks lighthouse where we encountered two Humpback whales. These huge whales were busy foraging for schooling fish. They would lift their flukes as they took a deep dive. Despite the sun being out, the wind was up and the sea had considerable chop, which created an exciting trip for us all. Our intrepid ‘Prince of Whales ‘ zodiac driver Mark, who was out on the water too, radioed that 5 Transient killer whales had been spotted near our position. This sighting gave our guests great looks at the top predator of this area, marine mammal hunters. We headed back to the harbour after a visit to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, where we viewed Steller and California Sea Lions, Elephant and Harbour Seals lounging on rocks. It was another interesting, October wildlife trip.
Marie, ‘Orca-Magic ‘
Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm telephoto lens. 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.