Ocean Magic Marine Wildlife Adventure May 26 12:15

May 28, 2012

It was a glorious Spring day where the sea and sky were all blue and very little breeze. Conditions were great for spotting whales and the many sailboats that were heading out west. This was the first day of the Swift Sure Sail boat Race, and there were many boats out of the harbour participating in this years race. Their Spinnaker sails added lots of colour. Mean while, four Transient Killer Whales, marine mammal eaters, were spotted at Race Rocks earlier. They were now heading from the west, and were seen traveling east toward Victoria. They must have been seen by many a keen sailor this Saturday. We caught up with them and watch these animals take several long dives. One of the whales was a sprouter male with a rather tall but wobbly dorsal fin, indicating he isn’t fully mature yet. This group consisted of T18, a female and T19’s, family group. Our Capt. Gord, Naturalists, Clair, Emily and Dan, gave our guests a full account of the wildlife to be found in this area. After a while with the Orca we headed over to Race Rocks Lighthouse where we saw 8 Elephant seals basking in the sun at the crest of middle rock. Several barking California Sea Lions with one Steller Sea Lion jockeyed for position on a rock shelf. Many Harbour Seals were also seen in this area. Majestic Mt.Baker added interest to the spectacular scenery to be found here on our BC coast. It was yet another great wildlife trip with Prince of Whales!

Marie “Orca-Magic”, Clint “Orcawizard”

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.