It was a beautiful afternoon shaping up for the 12.15pm Ocean Magic 2 vessel as we left the harbour with Capt. Gord in the wheelhouse. Naturalists Dan, Claire and Jenn gave an expert presentation of our safety procedures and discussed the possible wildlife to be found in these nutrient rich waters. We turned east and then north up Haro Strait to start our search for wildlife. We found Harbour Seals, Stellar Sea Lions, Bald Eagles and Dalls Porpoise, Our keen eyed skipper then spotted Orca! We came across a group of Transient Killer whales in Haro Strait. The T124A’s, T86A’s and T49C. These apex hunters appeared to be in traveling mode, heading north. Transient Killer Whales are the marine mammal hunters, preferring seals, sea lions, porpoise and dolphins and even small whales. Our guests on board were thrilled with this encounter and were all smiles when we disembarked at the dock in Victoria. Another great trip with Prince of Whales!
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.