Ocean Magic Adventure Oct 30 12:15

Our Skipper Anna took our passenegrs out into the Strait of Juan De Fuca to a report, from one of our Zodiacs, of Humpback Whales. We arrived on scene to view three Humpbacks, with another three close by. With a total of six Humpback Whales to view it was hard to tell where to look. These gentle giants would raise their tails each time for a deep dive, such gracefull animals. Our trip then took a tour fo the world famous Race Rocks Ecological reserve. Here we took in the sights of Stellar Sealions, California Sea Lions, Harbour Seals and even a Bald Eagle. This was yet another wonderful marine wildlife tour by Prince of Whales!
Clint “Orcawizard”, Marie “Orca-Magic”

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Zodiac Adventure Oct 29 12pm

It was one of those days where the clouds above gave way to some much needed sunshine on the west coast. It was a great day too, to see some of the incredible wildlife found in these waters off Victoria. We had guests from Austria, Holland, Germany, Italy, and Victoria. Our very knowledgeable and keen-eyed Skipper ‘Mark’, headed the yellow Zodiac out of the harbour and almost immediately saw the big, bushy blows of two Humpback Whales in the distance. We motored over and watched a mother and her calf take several breaths at the surface and then saw them take deep dives that lasted 5-10 mins. It was awesome to witness their immense size and noisy blows. South of us and closer to the west, we saw another two ‘teenage’ Humpback whales traveling together. These two were identified by Mark to be 4 year olds that have returned each year to these waters. Their behaviour indicated that they were just traveling rather than foraging. A visit to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve gave us great looks at Elephant and Harbour Seals. Barking California Sea Lions, and growling Steller, were seen jockeying for position on favourite rocks. A cruise along the rugged west coast shoreline showed our guests what a magnificent area of the world we live in.

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Ocean Magic Adventure Oct 23 12:15

Today may have started dark and wet, but once out on the water the rain stopped and the sun came out. Our Skipper Anna took us west to Race Rocks where we were on scene with a SUPER POD. The Orca from all three resident pods, J K and L were headed east. The Killer Whales were everywhere you looked, just an amazing sight. There was spy hops, breaching and tail slaps. Just a truly amazing sight to watch these magnificent whales swim past. Our trip then took us east to view a pair of Humpback Whales. This was a mother and calf, swimming side by side. With our engines off we could all hear the whales as the broke the surface and took in their air. As we headed back into Victoria, we are all smiles after another great wildlife adventure with Prince of Whales!
Clint “Orcawizard”

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Ocean Magic Adventure Oct 22 12:15

Our Friday Ocean Magic Adventure was simply amazing. Our Skipper Gord slipped the Ocean Magic out of Victoria’s inner harbour and out into the Strait Of Juan De Fuca. Here just a few miles from Victoria we were on scene with Transient Killer Whales. This group of six whales were milling around in the one area. As we took in the view we had to reposition as a large freighter worked by us. Once it had past the one male Orca started surfing in the wave created by the freighter. He surfed in the wave with his large dorsal fin ripping the water and leaving a great spray. Then he breached clear of the wave twice. Simply spectacular! This was my first time seeing a Transient Orca surfing in a wave, it was amazing. After viewing this group of six Killer Whales we headed through Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Here the Stellar Sea Lions were everywhere, on the rocks, in the water. We also viewed California Sea Lions and Harbour Seals. Our adventure then took us to view a Humpback Whale. This gentle giant was leisurely swimming though some kelp in a tideline. It was rolling and playing in the kelp,

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Ocean Magic Adventure Oct 14 12:15

Capt. Anna headed the 12.15pm Ocean Magic west of the harbour to encounter three Humpback Whales that had been reported off shore, east of Race Rocks. It was one of those grey, October days however there were plenty of visitors to the west coast that wanted to board the Ocean Magic vessel, to seek and enjoy some of the incredible wildlife to be found in these waters. Conditions were relatively calm this afternoon so it wasn’t long before we saw the big bushy blows of these huge whales. Two adult Humpbacks were taking long dives and then surfacing for four to five breaths. They would lift their majestic flukes high in the air and then down they would dive. We could see another smaller Humpback off in the distance so we headed over to watch this young calf forage for a while, then headed to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to enjoy the many Steller and California Sea Lions lounging on various rocks. There were many sea birds on rocks and in the water this afternoon, adding interest to yet another great wildlife adventure with ‘Prince of Whales ‘.
Marie, Orca-Magic.

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Ocean Magic Adventure Oct 12 12:15

Today on this October day (but what felt like a spring or summer day) Captain Gordon and crew departed for the Juan de Fuca Strait where we found transient killer whales and they were on long drives. From there we decided to check out the Race Rocks ecological reserve where passengers got a look at the seals, sealions and bird life there. We then departed to find humpback whales, a mother and calf pair swimming calmly together. Not far from them were the T2’s transient killer whales. The group contained adults with one bull and a calf. They split into two groups and appeared to be in a foraging behavior, although we did not see any predation at the surface. After enjoying the perfect sunshine and awesome viewing conditions, we finalized our trip by checking out the Gray whale who was hanging around Enterprise channel and very close to the Victoria shoreline. Today was a perfect October day.

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Ocean Magic Adventure Oct 9 12:15

With dynamic skies over the Olympic Mountains, Washington, the Saturday 12.15pm Ocean Magic vessel set sail and headed south then in an easterly direction toward Hein Bank where it was reported many Orca were foraging. We found them amid the chop on the water, slowly foraging and spread far apart . We could see the Southern Resident community of whales, the fish eaters, in every direction. They were taking deep dives and a few young males could be seen chasing fish. A change in the wind and sea conditions dictated we needed to head back to Victoria where conditions were better. A few Harbour Porpoise were also seen on our return. It was an exciting trip just watching those majestic ‘Orca ‘do their own thing.
Marie,’ Orca-Magic’ and Clint, ‘Orcawizard’

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Ocean Magic Adventure Oct 6 12:15

Today with perfect weather conditions (again) captain Anna Hall and her crew set off in search of whales. We learned that Lpod was making their way across the Victoria waterfront and were westbound in addition to that, there were a handful of humpback whales also sighted in the Juan de Fuca Strait. We were not even 15 minutes out of the inner harbour when we came across 1 humpback whale known as Bart or Split Fin (named because his dorsal has a particular shape). He seemed to be busy milling about, we stayed with him for a few mins. We headed south to Race Rocks where passengers were introduced to the various sealions and seals and the ecological reserve and light house. Several sealions were splashing about in the water, jumping and hanging out in groups. We proceeded to the east where members of Lpod were westbound in the Juan de Fuca Strait. We had a surprise pass by one of the larger males L89 who I just luckily managed to capture on video. We stayed with them watching them travel, some in groups others quite spread apart. Several lunges and tail slaps were observed. We then departed the orcas and found two other humpback whales milling as well.

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Ocean Magic Adventure Oct 5 12:15

We set out on this perfect October day in search of 2 transient killer whales; T20 and T21. We caught up to them traveling eastward in the Juan de Fuca Strait not far from the southern portion of San Juan island. The mother and son pair were observed in traveling mode. We headed westward in search of humpback whales and sealions. We arrived to find 1 small humpback 2 miles west of the Race Rocks ecological reserve. The animal was shallow diving, and seemed very calm. No activity from this youngster on our trip! On our way home, we stopped in at Race Rocks and checked out the seals and sealions hauled out on the rocks. Today’s weather was picture perfect which gave passengers an awesome opportunity to capture the epic scene west coast natural world and the wildlife that resides within it. I hope this weather holds up!

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Ocean Magic Adventure Oct 3 12:15

Our skipper Capt. Scott took the 12:15 Ocean Magic II out into calm seas and overcast skies. We were headed south in search of Humpback Whales, and it was not long before they were spotted. Capt. Scott put us in a perfect position to view a pair of Humpback Whales. This mother and calf have been seen off Victoria all summer. The calf was rolling and playing in a kelp ball, the mother was taking deep dives as the calf stayed on the surface. The show only got better as the calf breached five times to the delight of our passengers. We then took a tour of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Here we took in the sights of Stellar Sea Lions, Elephant Seals, California Sea Lions and Harbour Seals. Another wonderful wildlife adventure with Prince Of Whales.
Clint “Orcawizard”

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