It is always exciting to connect with the Southern Resident Orca, members of J, K and L Pods, our Salish Sea whales that eat salmon. And so when Capt Jeff, Jen and Mika, with trainee, Laura on board, headed the Ocean Magic II out of the harbour we were given the great news that the whales were south of Victoria. We found individual males from each of the three pods swimming in different family groups. L 41, affectionately named Mega, the oldest male of the southern resident community of whales, along with the matriarch of L Pod, L 25, ‘Ocean Sun’ were seen. It was socializing time with the girls ! We watched the enthusiastic ‘play-time ‘activities of the whales , while our biologists on board shared their wealth of knowledge of this productive marine environment with our guests. Our later trip at 3.30pm took in the sights and sounds of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, where California and Steller Sea lions along with Harbour Seals were seen. Following that visit we headed off to find the whales again. They had moved further east, but were still socializing. Many breaches with tail slaps entertained our excited guests. It was another fantastic trip 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.