Those gorgeous sunny days seem to continue even though summer is behind us now and we head into Fall/Autumn. Capt. Scott headed the 12.15pm Ocean Magic vessel with crew members, Mika and Liz, out of the harbour and toward the west where a stop at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve gave us great looks at a juvenile Brown Pelican taking a siesta. We also saw 3 sparing Elephant seals, Steller and California Sea Lions as well as Harbour seals lounging around in the sunshine. A report of Southern Resident Orca in Haro Strait had the Ocean Magic heading east to observe these charismatic animals traveling fast, northward toward the Canadian Gulf Islands and points beyond. Several research boats were out observing the Orca, including ‘Tucker ‘, the whale-scat sniffing, black Labrador dog. Members of all three pods were identified. Our time with these incredible, fish eating Orca provided a lasting impression for our guests as did the picturesque scenery of the west coast. It was another wonderful adventure with Prince of Whales.
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.