There isn’t a better way to spend an August sunny day, than taking a wildlife trip out of Victoria with Prince of Whales. Enjoying the amazing marine mammals to be found here in these waters is good for the soul. Capt. Gord had reports of Transient Orca near Hein Bank this afternoon. We headed out of the harbour and turned south east. We passed Trail Island glowing in the sunlight. We even caught sight of one of the migrant sea birds, a Parasitic Jaeger, an Arctic, circumpolar bird that often harrass other birds, ie terns and gulls to make them disgorge. We found the Transient Killer Whales actively hunting a hapless, Harbour Seal. near Hein Bank. Capt Gord and his crew, Liz, Dan and Clare, set the Ocean Magic this Tuesday afternoon in an excellent position so we could watch this incredible, family group of females and youngsters doing what is natural for them. These are wild Orca and their movements are unpredictable as are all WILD animals, so one is never sure where they will pop up when in hunting mode. This was an awesome encounter with one of nature’s top predators,Transient Killer Whales.
Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm telephoto lens. 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.