The 12:15 Ocean Magic Wildlife Adventure was awesome. Our Skipper David took us deep out into the Strait of Juan De Fuca, southwest of Race Rocks. Here he set up us to view two Transient Killer Whales. This was T20 and T21, a Male and a Female Orca, travelling along, working their way northwest. We observed these magical whales as they rose up for air on the sparking ocean surface. Mika our First Mate and Marine Biologist then spotted a blow from a Humpback Whale not far away. We made our way on over to them and found there were 3 Humpback Whales. These gentle giants were grouped tight together, blowing high in the air as the exhaled, and showing tail a few times as they dove down into the depths. Mika and our naturalists Jen and Lindsay answered all our guests questions and passed along a wealth of information on this amazing marine ecosystem. Our adventure then took us through Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Here we observed Steller Sea Lions, Harbour Seals and Elephant Seals. This was a truly amazing adventure, an abundance of marine wildlife and awesome scenery, our passengers were all smiles back at the dock!
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.