It certainly was an afternoon to be on the water. The sun was out and the conditions relatively calm. We observed many forms of marine craft plying the waters. We had a report of Orca west of Victoria so Capt. Gord and his crew Dan and Emily headed the vessel west to Whirl Bay. Members of J Pod, salmon eating Resident Orca were heading our way. It was along this shoreline that we saw members of J Pod including J 27,’Blackberry’ , J2 ‘ affectionately known as ‘ Granny ‘, who just happens, we believe, to be 100 yrs old., and J 34, a young sprouter male, known as ‘Double-Stuff ‘. The whales of J Pod were tightly grouped and in a traveling mode. We observed spy hops, tail lobs and breeching, it was truly a magical trip with glimpses of our favourite whales, the Orca. We then took a tour of Race Rocks and observed Elephant Seals, California Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Eagles, and a variety of sea birds. Yet another amazing trip with Prince of Whales.
Clint “Orcawizard”, Marie “Orca-Magic”
Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm telephoto lens. 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.