The 12:15 Ocean Magic a real adventure. Our Skipper Scotty headed us west to a wall of fog. With our First Mate Mika on the radar we past Race Rocks and out the other side of the fog into a sunny beautiful afternoon. It was not long before we saw the signs of Killer Whales, many blows on the horizon line. Scotty positioned the Ocean Magic II in perfect position to view these Killer Whales. They were members of L pod. They were spread out, working the water for salmon as they headed south west. they were so spectacular as they broke through the water for each breath. After a great viewing we swept out into the shipping channel to search for more wildlife on the way back to Victoria. It was not long before Mika spotted Humpback Whales. There were three, a mother with calf and a male escort. They were slapping the water with their 15ft pectoral fins, ten took a few deep dives showing their massive tails. This was a perfect afternoon on the water with Prince of 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.