Captains Jeff and Anthony and Naturalist crew, Mika and Casey, steered a course west once we left the inner harbour in search of marine mammals that these cold but rich waters have to offer. We headed for Race Rocks Lighthouse, the most southern tip of BC on the west coast. Our travels took us along the picturesque rugged shoreline of Vancouver Island. We hoped to find Orca, the Transient kind, but they were illusive today. At Race Rocks we were able to view 8 Elephant Seals atop the rocks, at least 15 Steller Sea Lions of all sizes roaring and grunting, and many Harbour Seals lounging quietly in the sun. A noisy bunch of Black Oystercatchers greeted us. There were many other species of bird to view on out travels. Our afternoon trip took us deep into Juan de Fuca Strait looking for other marine mammals and we were lucky to find two groups of Dall’s Porpoise that delighted our guests with their bow riding. Under partial clear skies and calm conditions, our visiting guests thoroughly enjoyed their west coast adventure.
Marie, ‘ Orca-Magic ‘
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.