We set off from the harbour into the windy west, where waves were creating white caps. These conditions create the kind of thrill that many guests love to experience when taking a trip to find marine mammals. This afternoon, was that kind of day. The 3.30pm Ocean Magic II vessel with Capt. Scott and crew members, Mika, Jen and Casey set a course to Otter Point, near Sooke. It was at this location, we caught up with 6 members of L Pod , the L 12’s. This group included the oldest female, and the youngest orca of L Pod, born 2012. The big mature male, called ”Mega ”, L 41, and another Male, L 85, ” Mystery ” were part of this family group heading west. The whales were bucking big swells/waves and an incoming tide. The ocean was a glorious colour under sunny skies. It was amazing to watch these incredible, salmon eating Orca rise and disappear between the waves. Their big, bushy ‘BLOWS ‘, exhalations hung in the air. What a magical sight ! We watched them disappear into the brilliant, sunkissed water, as we returned to the harbour. Our guests were happy and exhilarated by the wind and waves of our afternoon trip.
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.