Ocean Magic Wildlife Adventure July 24 12:15

July 25, 2011

There is always something to look at when one takes a wildlife trip with ‘ Prince of Whales.’ Victoria is surrounded by incredible scenery and an abundance of marine mammals within these cold, but rich nutrient waters. The Sunday afternoon 12.15pm Ocean Magic II, with Capt. Scott in the wheelhouse, headed us west to find members of J, K and L Pod, the Southern Resident community of Orca. On our way we passed Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. We found the whales milling very slowly off Otter Point. There were many interesting ‘spyhop ‘,behaviours, where the orca raise their head and part of their torso above the surface. We also observed breeching and tail lobs.. The whole group seemed to be in a very mellow mood, resting while milling about. What a magical encounter with these whales once again. Our crew of Marine Biologist Mika and naturalists Liz and Mckyla, shared their knowledge with our international and local guests. The return trip gave us views of gulls, air craft and some marine traffic, the ” deep seas” freighters and tankers, that traverse the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It is great to be on the west coast enjoying nature on these sunny days. Yet another amazing adventure with Prince of Whales!
Clint “Orcawizard”, Marie “Orca-Magic”

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.