July has been one of the best months for beautiful conditions on the west coast. With ample hours of sunshine our guests have enjoyed taking the Ocean Magic II vessel out on trips offered each day. Today, at 12.15pm, Capt Scott and crew members Mika, Casey and Lindsay set a course west once out of the harbour, in search of those whales reported earlier. These were the behemoths, the gentle giants, found in our inland waters, the Humpback Whales. We headed south of Race Rocks to find our first ‘ humpy ‘, foraging in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This animal would take a few breaths at the surface and then lift its mighty fluke/ tail and head down deep, into the water column to seek small schooling fish. Humpback whales can reach 40-50 feet in length and weigh as much as 40 + tons. We watched the misty blows of its exhalation linger in the air. After a while we headed further west and found two more smaller Humpback Whales. They were traveling slowly toward Race Rocks Ecological Reserve which we visited on our return to the harbour. It was here that we saw, one small Elephant Seal and several Harbour seals with pups. Three Steller Sea Lions were also seen vying for position. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon watching wildlife.
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.