It was a beautiful afternoon shaping up for the 12.15pm Ocean Magic II as we left the harbour with Capt. Gord in the wheelhouse. Biologist Mika, and Naturalists Dan and Liz gave an expert presentation of our safety procedures and discussed the possible wildlife to be found in these nutrient rich waters. We turned east and headed to reports of Killer Whales. We found Members of J and K pods, milling and feeding. We had spy hops, breaching and tail slaps. We then took in the sights of a pair of Humpback Whales, these gentle giants rising up from the deep for a big breath of air. Our guests on board were thrilled with this encounter and were all smiles when we disembarked at the dock in Victoria. Another great trip with Prince of Whales!
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.