The super crew of the Ocean Magic II vessel headed us south and east into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It was a special weekend for the Classic Boat Festival. The Navy training vessel named the Oriole was in full sail as we left the harbour. Heading south we were off to search for marine mammals. The weather was bright and the sea calm. Our trip would bring a bonanza of whales during the 3 hours we were out. Our first encounter was with a lone Humpback Whale that was actively hunting for small schooling fish . We watched this ‘gentle giant ‘ lift its tail flukes several times while speeding through the surface layer. Our crew of Biologists on board shared a wealth of knowledge with our guests while we viewed later, two small families of Transient Orca. These are the apex predators, that prey after marine mammals. Their misty blows hung in the air while we, and they, travelled back west. This was an exciting trip once again, and our guests were all smiles as we disembarked back in the harbour.
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.