Ocean Magic Marine Wildlife Adventure April 7

April 17, 2012

It certainly was an afternoon to be on the water. The sun was out and the conditions relatively calm. We had a report of Orca way north of Victoria so Capt. Gord and his crew of Casey and Dan headed the vessel north up Haro Strait. A group of Transient Orca were reported at the top of Haro Strait. Along the way we took in the sights of many of the picturesque Canadian Gulf Islands. The Orca were soon spotted and we set up to view them. We watched as these apex marine predators worked their way north, rising up to breath in the sparkling waters.The scenery around this area is spectacular especially on a sunny day, so when the local weekend yachting community heads out with their spinnakers flying, it becomes eye candy for our guests. A few Long-tail ducks surprised us as they flew by. As we headed back we passed Harpoon Rock, a granite rock at Harling Point, left over from glacier days. From certain angles it appears to have a face etched upon it . What a story it can tell of the First Nation peoples that used it as a look-out when sea lions came ashore at this point. It was truly a magical trip with glimpses of our favourite whales, the Orca.
Clint “Orcawizard”, 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.