Our Fall weather has arrived and the temperatures have fallen, however there is plenty of sunshine between the clouds and showers. The whales, especially those gentle giants, the Humpback whales, are being seen on a regular basis these days. Other marine mammals can also be seen on most trips. This is a very productive area to find animal life when one boards either Zodiacs or the larger vessel, of ‘ Prince of Whales’ , the Ocean Magic.Today, Sunday afternoon, at 12.15pm, Capt. David and crew members, Geoff and Jen headed the Ocean Magic vessel out of the harbour and due south. We soon encountered two Humpback Whales taking shallow dives over an area called Constance Bank. These animals are the true giants found in these waters. They can reach 40-45 ft in length and weigh in at 40-50 tonnes. The smaller whale was more active, with rolls and pectoral fin slaps, but no breaches were seen today. The two whales were heading west toward Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. It was here we saw, many Harbour and 9 Elephant Seals, barking, dark- brown California Sea Lions along with those golden growling boys, the Steller Sea Lions. It is always an interesting place to visit to see such amazing wildlife. A few Bonaparte’s Gulls were evident too on our return to the harbour. A very large ‘bait-ball ‘, where many gulls and sea birds were noisily diving for a school of small fish added interest to our travels. It was quite the sight and our guests returned to the dock with pleasant memories of an exciting and interesting trip.
Marie, ‘Orca-Magic,’ Clint, ‘ Orcawizard.’
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.