Ocean Magic Wildlife Adventure Sept 9 12:15

September 18, 2011

The Indian summer out west continues with pleasing weather and wonderful sightings of wildlife especially, the Orca. Capt. Scott and crew members Mika, Liz and Dan headed the Ocean Magic II out of the harbour, and east to seek out the Transient killer whale report. We found those illusive, top predators in Haro Strait. The T 30’s a four member family group, were milling about doing what Transient Orca like to do in these waters. They were hunting for marine mammals, and their behaviour indicated that they were successful. Several groups of Harbour Porpoise, a food source for the Transients, were evident in the water too. T 30, a lone male Transient was seen in the distance, scouting out the kelp forests that drifted on the surface. Before we headed back across Haro Strait we were able to see the K 13 family group, which included the newest baby resident Orca, K 44, who was first observed, July 5th. These animals were heading south to join other members of their pod. Our trip was soon over and we headed back to Victoria where our guests disembarked, with big smiles. They had the opportunity to see two types of killer whales on this trip. It was another great outing with ‘Prince of Whales’.
Clint “Orcawizard”, 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.