Sunshine, blue skies and a little wind continues these warm summer afternoons. Capt Anthony, and crew members, Dan, Emily and Jen, headed the Ocean Magic vessel out of the harbour and off to the west, following the scenic rugged shoreline of Vancouver Island. We were looking for Orca but this afternoon none were to be found, however a mother Humpback Whale and her calf ” wowed ” our guests with their presence and big bushy ‘ blows ‘ that hung in the air. On several occasions the mom would give us good looks at the individual markings of the underside of her fluke, when she took a deep dive. Each tail fluke has markings that are unique to that particular whale, rather like a thumb print. The young calf wasn’t going to show us its markings at all. A trip to Race Rocks, Lighthouse, gave us wonderful views of Harbour seals with their pups, Steller and California Sea Lions. Many California and Heermann’s Gulls were present as were Pigeon Guillemots. It was an exciting wildlife trip on a gorgeous afternoon once again.
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.