Monday afternoon’s Ocean Magic trip headed out of the harbour and turned west to follow up on reports of Southern Resident Orca that had been seen earlier, out west near Sooke, Vancouver Island. We found them milling around and foraging well off shore. Many members of J Pod and the K 13 family group were seen. We watched these charismatic animals for a while then turned east to head to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to view California and Steller Sea Lions. Capt. Gord and Naturalist Dan, provided great views for our guests of the incredible variety of marine mammals and sea birds to be found here in these waters. Many bait-balls, groupings of gulls hovering and diving over schooling fish were observed. With plenty of sunshine still and mild temperatures, our trips are well worth taking, and Humpback whales appear almost every day. We are seeing as many as 5-8 some days. What a special trip once again on a sunny October day.
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.