Watching wildlife brings out the best in people so our Capt. David, and naturalists, Dan, Jen and Claire, headed the Ocean Magic Vessel toward Race Rocks, once we had left the harbour. It was here we viewed mother Harbour Seals with their pups lounging on beds of sea weed. We also observed, posturing Steller Sea lions and a few lazy Elephant Seals snoozing at the crest of rocks. The bird life here is abundant too. Race Rocks Ecological Reserve is a fascinating place to visit. Just south in the Strait of Juan de Fuca we found a mother Humpback whale with her newest calf, that was busy exploring the water column. It was also very active at the surface heading off in one direction and then another with mom close at its side. The ‘ bushy ‘ blows, exhalations, were a sight to behold. 14 years ago we never saw a Humpback Whale in these waters. It is encouraging to know that the whales consider these waters SAFE now. How fortunate we are to see so much incredible wildlife in this area. Our guests were thrilled with their 12.15pm trip with Prince of Whales.
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.