This summer has brought wonderful weather and an abundance of Humpback Whales to this area. Some familiar ones have returned and a few new ones have arrived in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. They typically stay for a few weeks and move off. Capt Jeff and the crew of the Ocean Magic II headed west and then south to find these ‘gentle giants .’ We came across one that has been coming back to us for the past 13 years. She is identified by the unique markings on the underside of her tail flukes. BCY0324, is her scientific code. Perhaps she spends her winters in Mexico or Hawaii. We spent time with this huge marine mammal and later found two more. They were busy taking long dives after lifting their immense tails high in the air. A Sea Otter, rare for this area, was seen near a kelp bed out west on an earlier trip. What a great afternoon to be on the water taking in the sights and sounds of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, where Steller Sea Lions and Harbour Seals were basking on rocks.
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.