It was a magical day on the water today, with calm seas, minimal wind and warm temperatures. Heading out of the harbour Capt. Scott, and crew members Mika,and Dan were on the way south of Victoria to encounter, the 3 Resident Pods, J, K and L as they came in from the west. J Pod was in the lead and swimming slowly close together,and J 2 , ‘Granny; at 100 yrs of age, was seen along with many members of her family. Some of K Pod followed in a smaller group. It looked like a procession and the ORCA were moving slowly. Further South, 4 Humpback Whales were foraging, with a mother and calf ‘lunge feeding’. Her pleated throat could be seen well above the surface. More members of K and L Pod were viewed near the Humpbacks, and the little calf, of L55, ‘Nugget’, thrilled our guests with its breaching antics. Certainly, the 4.30pm Ocean Magic trip this afternoon was one of those very memorable trips with amazing views of two of the west coasts most charismatic marine mammals. A fantastic trip once again.
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.