Crew members , Capt Scott , Jen and Casey headed the Ocean Magic II vessel, out of the harbour under blue skies and plenty of sunshine. Conditions were great for viewing the wonderful species to be found in these waters. We found several Jellies and birds, on our route that included Red-necked Phalaropes. These tiny birds were feeding up while traveling on their fall migration that would eventually take them way south. Our route took us east past Trail Island where we saw Harbour Seals, and then north to find the apex hunters, the T 30’s that had been seen on an earlier trip. It was here in Haro Strait, that we found the family of five Orca traveling slowly along. They would take a few breathes at the surface and then disappear for a long dive, leaving us all to guess where they would surface again. Transient Orca zig-zag their way while traveling and rarely travel in a strait line. Their preferred item of prey are Harbour Seals. Our crew gave an in-depth account of the wildlife to be found in these waters to our guests.
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.