Our Saturday Ocean Magic II 9am and 12:15 trips took us east to San Juan Island. Here our skipper Gord, put us in great position to view members of the Southern Resident Orca community. These are the fish eating Southern Resident Killer Whales, preferring Chinook/King salmon. We watched these magnificent Orca spy-hop and tail-lob. We also had a viewing of a Minke Whale on the 12:15 trip. This gentle giant slipped by as we watched, rising quickly and slipping beneath the calm water. What a spectacular sighting we had of these magnificent animals. Our naturalists gave a full account of the wonderful marine mammals that can be seen in the waters off Victoria. Our guests this day were all smiles as they disembarked the Ocean Magic once back in Victoria’s inner harbour.
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.