The Thursday afternoon wildlife trip in the Ocean Magic II vessel headed out of the harbour with Capt Gord in the wheel-house. Naturalists, Brandon, Dan and Liz were on board to provide an educational and fun trip for our guests. After a wide sweep south from Victoria, to look for any other marine life surfacing in ideal conditions, we caught up with Southern Resident Orca well off shore at Hein Bank. There were members of all three Orca Pods, J, K and L spotted foraging far and wide for Salmon, especially Chinook/King, their favourite. One young Orca thrilled us with a series of breaches. L 54, ‘Ino’ and her youngest, L 117, swam by. It was wonderful to see mothers and their little ones foraging together. Although it was a mostly cloudy afternoon, the visibility was excellent. Several species of sea bird were also seen, including a Sooty Shearwater. Our crew shared their knowledge with our guests and they were all smiles when we returned to the Harbour. What a fantastic trip once again.
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.