It was a great day to be on the water despite the wind and choppy seas. The sun was out and the scenery spectacular, as the 12.15 Ocean Magic II left Victoria. Capt Jeff steered a course for south east. We were on a mission to find the 6 Transient Orca/killer whales, the T 75’s and the family group, T 77, that had been reported in that direction. It wasn’t long before we could see the tall black dorsal fins and the exhalation ‘ Blows ‘of the two males that were accompanying the females and youngsters. Dorsal fins of mature male orca can grow between 5-6 ft. They were in traveling mode this afternoon, surfacing and disappearing between the waves. We left these apex predators, that prey upon harbour seals, porpoise , and sea lions, and headed over to Trail island where harbour seals and an immature bald eagle were seen. Our return to the harbour gave us great looks at the intrepid wind surfers skimming the waves off Dallas Road bluffs. Two Prince of Whales yellow Zodiacs headed out as we headed in to dock.
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.