The 12.15 Ocean Magic Trip with Capt. Scott , and crew members Mika, Casey, and Lindsay, headed the vessel out of the harbour . We turned east and traveled to Trail Island where we stopped to view Harbour Seals. We then headed north up Haro Strait in search of more wildlife. We were on a mission in Canadian waters to give our guests on board a chance to see the amazing variety of marine mammals to be found in these waters. As we traveled north past Darcy Island a couple of Bald Eagles flew over the vessel giving us good looks at familiar raptors of this area. Further north a couple of Harbour Porpoise were seen briefly as were two Minke whales. These whales are members of the Baleen type of whale, not having teeth, but baleen in their mouths. Minke whales are generally found more readily at the south end of Haro Strait, usually foraging over shallow banks, ie Salmon or Hein Bank near San Juan Island. This unusual sighting was most interesting. Our return to Victoria took us past Spieden Island in USA waters where one of two species of exotic animal was sighted. Our guests were delighted with their west coast adventure 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.