The gorgeous, warm sunny weather continues even though the fog rolls in and out of this area some mornings lately. A sure sign that Fall is in the air. These long fingers of fog add some mystery to the west coast experience. Our Capt Scott took the Ocean Magic II way out west on the 12.15 trip as we had word that a lot of Orca had been seen, coming in from the west. Dodging pockets of fog along the way, we finally saw many tall dorsal fins way off in the distance, close to Sheringham Lighthouse. They belonged to the 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, toward Victoria. Our experienced crew, Casey, Clair and Lindsay shared their knowledge of the unique variety of marine life found in these very cold, but nutrient rich waters. Our 3.30pm trip took us back out west to encounter all the whales still traveling in. They were spread well across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but there was still plenty of action to see as the whales were lunging after jumping salmon and foraging along the way. This trip was able to catch a few 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. A flight of Black Oystercatchers took off as a Peregrine Falcon was stooping around. This was a fabulous day of whale watching. Our guests were thrilled as we headed back to Victoria and saw the three big cruise ships docked at Ogden Point.
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.