Capt Jeff with crew members Jen, Biologist, and Casey, Naturalist, headed the 3.30pm Ocean Magic vessel out of the harbour and past the cruise ship. We traveled east to encounter members of L Pod foraging lazily in shore of San Juan Island. The conditions were perfect for viewing wildlife. We found L 41, a large, mature male whale called, ‘Mega’. He is a member of the Southern Resident community of ORCA that eat fish. Their preference is Chinook Salmon. We watched him traveling slowly south. Both of his sisters, and one youngster were visible hugging the shore. These four whales are known as the L 12’s. During our trip we also had glimpses of a small Humpback Whale near Hein Bank as well as many Rhinoceros Auklets with bills full of needle fish. Our crew shared their knowledge of the wildlife found in this area with our international and local guests. Returning to Victoria we found an intrepid Para-surfer off Dallas Road, enjoying the wind blowing in from the west. Another amazing wildlife trip on a sunny afternoon.
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.