It is the season for migrating Humpback Whales to visit our waters. They are here because these waters are safe and there is plenty of small bait fish for them to feed upon before heading across the Pacific Ocean to their wintering grounds in Hawaii, or south to the warm waters of Baja, Mexico. We are seeing some familiar whales that have visited us over the past 6-7 yrs. 10 yrs ago we never saw any of these Majestic, ‘Gentle-Giants’. As big as they are, some reaching 40-45 feet and as much as 40 tonnes in weight, they still remain one of the most fascinating whales to be found in our waters especially when they raise their flukes for a deep dive and rivers of cascading water flow over these huge tails and back to the surface. Capt Gord and his crew, Mika, Liz and Dan, took the 12.15pm Ocean Magic out south west, to encounter two humpbacks initially and then we found another one closer to Victoria. It was an amazing adventure once again and the sun keeps shining, these halcyon days of summer. An added bonus is the interesting marine and air traffic that enters and leaves the harbour and the number of deep sea vessels that traverse the Strait of Juan De Fuca each year. Such a busy harbour here on the west coast of Canada.
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.