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. First Mate Casey, and Naturalist Dan gave an expert presentation of our safety procedures and discussed the possible wildlife to be found in these nutrient rich waters. We saw many sail boats, with sails flying high as we headed east and then north up Haro Strait to find Transient Killer whales reported just off Mayne Island. Given that several family groups of Transient Orca had been seen the two previous days in much the same area, and had been ID as the T 90’s, T65’s T49’s and T30’s that many of the Orca seen today on our incredible trip were some of the same animals. These apex predators were zig-zagging all over the place and popping up around pleasure craft that stopped to watch in awe, of these incredible marine mammals. killer whales are the marine mammal hunters, preferring seals, sea lions, porpoise and dolphins and even small whales. On our way back to Victoria we encountered yet another group of Transient Orca off James Island. These Orca were in a playful mood, tail slapping, breaching as they headed south with the sunlight sparking on the water. 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!
Clint “Orcawizard”, Marie “Orca-Magic”, Marcie “Spirit-Orca”
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.