Our late afternoon trip at 3.30pm, this Wednesday afternoon took us west of Victoria. Although the skies had clouded over we were excited to hear that a large number of Orca were heading in from the west. Capt Scott and crew members Mika, Emily and Lindsay, provided a wealth of knowledge, of the marine environment to be found off the west coast, for our guests. It wasn’t long before we met up with members of L Pod at Otter Point. These are the Southern Resident Orca that eat Salmon. They were traveling very slowly, in two large groups. We could identify L 41 , ‘ Mega ‘ and several other large males. They would surface and then slip below the calm water to then reappear in unison. It seemed that something woke them up after a while. They started to spy-hop and breach. Several Orca were seen to beach close into shore, where their behaviour indicated they had found some fish. This was a good sign. We left them and traveled to Race Rocks Lighthouse to see Steller and California Sea Lions. It was a special trip once again in the company of those magical Orca.
Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm & 600 mm telephoto lenses. 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.