On the 9AM Ocean Magic this morning we headed out to a glorious sunny sky, and glassy calm water. Not long after leaving the Victoria Harbour we received a call with a report of two orcas just off the coast a short ways away. It was not long before we found them. Two transients – T20 and T21 – were patrolling the coastline for harbour seals. They were relaxed and not hunting aggressively, but were hunting nonetheless. They were exhibiting tail lobbing behaviour which is used to stun their prey. When the seagulls descended we knew a kill had been made. We had a great visit with the whales, they spy hopped to check us out, and repeatedly tail lobbed in the excitement of their kill. With our engines off, the pair, seemingly showing off for the crowd. Once the other boats began to arrive we headed off to find some other local marine life. We came across bald eagles, harbour seals and some beautiful landscapes! There was little haze on the horizon and so Mt. Baker made a full appearance. On our way back to Victoria we stopped by to see the transients again. Everything came together for the tour this morning – the whales, the weather and everything else!”
Marcie “Spirit Orca”
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.