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October 21, 2011

It was another bright sunny, October day here on the west coast. Although the wind and seas were up, we were in for a great trip. We headed out of the harbour and turned west. Capt, Gord and Naturalist Dan were on board, to provide an informative and fun filled adventure. We had reports of some Transient Killer Whales, marine mammal eaters, south west of Race Rocks lighthouse. These animals stayed illusive for most of our trip even though we search diligently. With large swells and very choppy water it was a challenge to find them, but eventually we came across 5-6 orca, surfing the waves. It was exciting to watch. This group were later identified as exotic Transient Orca, that are most often seen off the California coast. A rare visit for us. One female even spy-hopped for us, by lifting itself half way out of the water to look around. We later took a quick look at the marine mammals at Race Rocks, that included, Steller and California Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, and many gulls and cormorants. What an exciting trip with Prince of Whales once again.
Marie, ‘Orca-Magic’ , Clint, ‘Orcawizard’

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.