Ocean Magic Marine Wildlife Adventure July 21 3:30

July 24, 2012

Our 3.30pm Ocean Magic vessel left the harbour and headed west with Capt. Gord in the wheelhouse. Naturalists, Jen, Emily and Casey provided on board education as we travelled through Race Passage at Race Rocks, Marine Ecological Reserve. It was here that we viewed resting Harbour, and Elephant Seals, as well as posturing Steller Sea Lions. A Bald Eagle seen on a rock along with nesting gulls and Pigeon Guillemots added interest at this special place. South of the Light House we were able to encounter 6 Transient Orca, possibly the T 60’s traveling in typical fashion, zig- zagging across the Straight of Juan de Fuca. These whales are the top predator of marine mammals, the apex hunters. They were definitely in traveling mode and not interested in hunting at this time. Their travels took them past Victoria and points eastward. This was an amazing encounter and our guests were thrilled with their late afternoon wildlife adventure on a sunny afternoon.

Marie, ‘ Orca-Magic ‘

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.