With flat calm conditions off the harbour , the Ocean Magic II slipped its moorings from the dock, and headed out, with Capt Jeff in the wheelhouse. Crew members, Jen, Casey and Lindsay were ready to share a wealth of knowledge with our many guests on board. We headed east to catch up with the T 30’s, apex predators of the oceans. On our way we came across several Harbour Porpoise, near Trail Island. These generally shy creatures were very visible today. The T 30’s, a family of 5 Transient Orca, including a large male, were found south of Discovery Island. These whales are the marine mammal hunters. They were traveling and looking for seals, one of their favourite prey items along the kelp beds. We watched them as they travelled slowly past Discovery Island. Other wildlife found close by were, Harbour Seals, a Bald Eagle, and several bait-balls, with assorted species of gull taking their pick of schooling fish beneath them. Although it was somewhat over cast, the conditions on the water were very comfortable this afternoon. Our guests were thrilled with their west coast experience and the education component that was provided by our excellent staff.
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.