It was an exciting late afternoon trip that gave our guest views of two kinds of Orca, Humpback Whales, and Steller and California Sea Lions. Capt Gord, and his crew, Liz, Mika and Dan took the 3.30pm Ocean Magic II vessel west in search of marine mammals. We found two Transient Orca, T 31, an older male and T49C, a teenage male swimming together south of Albert Head. Further south off Victoria, we found members of all three Resident Pods, J , K and L heading in from the west . There were whales everywhere we looked. It was a big parade of family groups and it was amazing to watch. Several breaches were seen off in the distance. They were heading east toward San Juan Island. We watched these charismatic Orca travel between the large Deep-Sea vessels that were seen in the area. A visit to Race Rocks provided us good views of several sleeping Sea Lions, Harbour seals and Humpback Whales south of the Lighthouse. Several flocks of tiny Red-necked Phalaropes were seen flying in formation. At this time of year one can see so much wildlife in these productive waters. What an amazing trip our guests were treated to once again.
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.