It was a gorgeous afternoon as the 12.15 Ocean Magic vessel slipped its moorings. Capt Jeff and crew members, Casey, Jenn and Clair headed us out in search of Orca. They briefed the passengers of the safety measures on board and shared their knowledge of west coast wildlife. We set a course east and north passed Trail Island, and the Chain Islets, where we saw Harbour Seals and two Bald Eagles. Once we had turned north it wasn’t long before we encountered members of J pod traveling south from Boundary Pass. They were moving fast and taking long dives and well spread out. The three orca that we saw were soon at Lime Kiln marine park where foraging took place. We were able to identify two big male orca as, J 27, affectionately named ‘Blackberry’ , and L 87, ‘Onyx’ . These two were chasing and diving for salmon. It truly was a delight to be on the water while the sun shone, and the wildlife didn’t disappoint either…in fact, it was spectacular for our guests, enjoying their west coast adventure.
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.