It was a foggy afternoon as the Ocean Magic II vessel slipped its moorings and headed out of the harbour. Capt Scott, Casey, Jen and Claire had heard that there were some Orca heading east from Race Rocks lighthouse. It was all eyes on the water trying to see through the fog, looking for tall dorsal fins. The fog created some great atmosphere, while the fog horns bellowed out their warning sounds. It wasn’t long before we saw the faint shapes of whales emerging. It was all rather ethereal. They would appear in the gaps between the fog patches. They travelled slowly along the shoreline and then disappeared into the fog that shrouded the entrance to the harbour. The Transients were identified as the T 10 family group, a mother and her two adult sons and they continued further into the harbour past Pelican Island, looking for lunch no doubt. These are the Apex predators of the oceans, and harbour seals, sea lions and porpoise are on their menu in these waters. We eventually left them once they headed back out of the harbour. A quick trip to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve gave us misty looks of the marine mammals jostling among themselves. The big boys, the California and Steller Sea Lions were barking and roaring while harbour seals lay sleepily on low lying rocks. What an exciting trip for our guests to see Bigg’s Transient Orca enter the harbour.
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.