Our trip this afternoon on the 12.15pm Ocean Magic vessel turned out to be one of the most memorable of the year. Not only was there plenty of sunshine in ideal conditions, we also met up with many of the Orca that make up members of the Southern Resident community of whales.These whales are fish eaters, preferring Chinook Salmon, a large and nutrient rich salmon. With Capt David and crew members, Dan and Jen on board, our wildlife adventure got off to a good start with views of a number of ‘bait-balls’ and Harbour Seals along our route to catch up with the whales. We found them traveling off shore of Henry Island, heading north up Haro Strait toward Stuart Island. Many family groups of whales were traveling together . We had great looks at members of L Pod. Several J Pod whales were also traveling with the L’s. It appeared that members of all three Pods, J, K and L were present. This is called, a ‘Super-Pod ‘. Our naturalists on board gave an in-depth discussion of the marine life to be found in these waters. It was a spectacular trip and our guests were truly thrilled with their adventure with Prince of Whales.
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.