It was a rather grey afternoon with the threat of rain overhead as the Ocean Magic vessel left the harbour. With Capt. Scott in the wheelhouse, and Casey and Liz as our Naturalists on board this trip, we headed south to Constance Bank to try to locate all 88 Southern Resident Orca that were reported heading in from the west. The visibility was not that great at the time but it improved so we were able to find the whales further north east heading toward Discovery Island in Canadian waters. It was simply magical to watch all the whales traveling in family groups in their respective pods. These whales were members of all three Pods, J, K and L Pod, the salmon eating Orca, that are often seen together throughout the summer months in these waters. It is always a magical and exciting encounter to watch so many whales travel slowly together. We later headed west to see two Humpback Whales foraging, and the Steller and California Sea Lions cavorting in the waters at Race Rocks. A few Harbour Seals were lounging on the rocks at this Ecological Reserve. It was such an amazing afternoon trip and our Naturalists answered all our guests questions. Back at the dock we were all smiles as we disembarked the Ocean Magic vessel.
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.