Under beautiful blue skies and in flat calm conditions, the 3.30pm Ocean Magic Vessel, headed out of the harbour and due south into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It was here that we encountered 5 Transient Orca, those whales that prey on marine mammals. They were in traveling mode and crossed over behind us to angle along the west coast of the Olympic Penninsular. Their exhalations created ethereal patterns against the dark background. Amazing to watch. We also found later in our trip, a mother and youngster Humpback Whale. These ‘gentle giants ‘ were traveling slowly . We could see and hear their big exhalations. ‘BLOWS ‘ It is always wonderful to see these behemoths in these inland waters as 12 years or more ago, we never saw any. From time to time we got glimpses of their huge flukes, tails, when they lifted them before taking a deep dive. Our encounter with these two huge marine mammals and a trip to Race Rocks, Ecological Reserve gave our guests wonderful views of the amazing wildlife to be found in these waters. Capt David, and crew members Dan and Emily gave an in-depth synopsis of the biology of marine mammals seen this trip, that included Steller,and California Sea Lions as well as Harbour Seals. With two types of whales and all the marine life seen, this was one of the most exciting trips so far this year.
Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm & 600 mm telephoto lenses. 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.