The 12.15, Ocean Magic II vessel left Victoria harbour under very calm conditions. Capt. Jeff was in the wheelhouse this afternoon Aug 26. Our knowledgeable crew of Mika, Casey and Lindsay were on board to provide our guests with an informative trip. We headed out west to rendezvous with the Southern Resident Orca, the salmon eaters, that were heading out with the ebb tide. On route we were surprised by finding two Transient Orca, marine mammal eaters,T 20 and T 21, at Beacher Bay. These two always travel together as they are related, and have been seen often this season. We also had great views in this area, of a Bald Eagle atop a rock. A little further on, a Humpback whale came into view. So far our trip was going well. Eventually we caught up with several members of L Pod travelling slowly out west. These were the trailers, as most of the Orca of J, K and L Pod, were way out in front. We watched with delight as these fascinating marine mammals left the area in search of Chinook Salmon, their preferred prey, but they will be back. Our return trip took us to Race Rocks Lighthouse, where we viewed California and Steller Sealion, and many Harbour Seals on low-lying rocks. It was another fantastic west coast trip with Prince of Whales.
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.