The lovely warm Autumn/Fall weather, with plenty of sunshine seems to have settled over picturesque Victoria for the moment, so it makes for great marine mammal watching, when taking a trip with Prince of Whales. The 12.15pm Ocean Magic II vessel left the dock this Friday afternoon, with Capt Gord in the wheel-house. Our crew of Naturalists, Liz , Dan and Brandon were going to provide our guests with fun and education. Our first encounter out west, was with three huge Humpback Whales swimming side by side. These gentle giants were enthusiastically slapping their long pectoral flippers on the surface of the water. One gave us a good look at its waving fluke. After watching these incredible mammals for a while we headed to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to observe California and Steller Sea Lions lounging on their favourite rocks. As we left this area we came across a Transient male Orca, T 31, slowly traveling east. He was in no hurry to get anywhere nor did he seem to be in a foraging mood. This animal is an apex predator, preying on marine mammals. We headed back to the harbour after spending time with this Orca. It was another great trip enjoying the amazing wildlife to be found in these waters.
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.