Our Capt Scott took the Ocean Magic II out west on the 12.15 trip as we had word that a Humpback Whale had been seen. It was not long before we spotted two Humpback Whales. These gentle giants would rise and blow high in the air as they exhaled. Showing their massive tails as they took a deep dive each time. Then as we watched, the one Humpback breached out of the water, sending up a huge splash. We then headed south to catch up with incoming Killer Whales.They were Southern Resident Orca, members of J , K and L Pods, the salmon eating Orca. It was fabulous to see these magical creatures breaching, spy hopping and tail slapping as they travelled slowly, in family groups, towards Victoria. Our experienced crew, Casey, Clair and Jen shared their knowledge of the unique variety of marine life found in these very cold, but nutrient rich waters. We then took a tour of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. We observed the sights and sounds of barking and roaring California and Steller Sea Lions at the Light House of Race Rocks. Harbour Seals were evident too on low lying rocks at this protected Ecological Reserve. On the way back to Victoria we stopped by the Orca as they headed further east towards Victoria. We watched as they crossed paths with the Humpback Whales we had observed earlier. The one Humpback Whales did over 40 tail slaps and the other would rise and “trumpet” a loud sound as they were stressed by the presence of so many Killer Whales. This was a fabulous day of whale watching. Our guests were thrilled as we headed back to Victoria after yet another great Marine Wildlife Adventure with Prince of Whales!
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.