It was another sunny day here on the west coast, this Friday afternoon. With Capt. Scott in the wheelhouse, and Naturalists, Dan and Claire on board, we headed west to seek out some Humpback Whales that had been reported, near Race Rocks Lighthouse. October is a great month to see these behemoths, some of the heavy-weights of the oceans, foraging on tiny schooling fish before they head out to their wintering grounds, in warmer waters. We watched one individual become quite active, with tail slaps. There were three sets of two individual Humpbacks traveling together, less than a mile from each other. Almost all of the Humpback whales seen lately in this area are ones that have visited this area over the past 6-10 yrs. It was awesome to watch them take their deep dives and show their distinct patterned flukes. Several bait-balls where noisy gulls congregated could be seen, and the ever present deep sea vessels were evident. A trip over to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve gave us great looks at Steller Sea lions, Harbour and Elephant seals, and three species of Cormorant on rocks. With plenty of sunshine on this trip, our guests were able to enjoy the incredible wildlife that this area has to offer.
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.