On a sunny day on the west coast there is so much to see and enjoy of this incredibly diverse and picturesque part of Canada. The ‘ Prince of Whales, ‘Ocean Magic vessel is a great way to experience the marine focussed adventure. Capt. David and crew members, Jen , Casey, and Lindsay, headed the 12.15pm boat out of the harbour and turned East in search of marine life. Under blue skies the scenery, was spectacular . We soon found Harbour Seals on rocks, basking in the sunshine, near Discovery Island, then headed west to checked out the rugged shoreline of Vancouver Island looking for the stealth hunters, the Transient Orca. They remained illusive this afternoon, so we visited Race Rocks to enjoy other forms of marine and bird life. Here we saw Bald Eagles, Black Oystercatchers, Cormorants, Black Turnstones, Canada Geese. The big boys were all there, including growling Steller Sea Lions, and sleepy Elephant Seals at the crest of the rocks. These huge seals are the very deep divers of the oceans, and spend 80-90% of their lives at sea. They only come ashore to molt, females to deliver pups and bulls to mate. Amazing animals! Our local and international guests on board thoroughly enjoyed the information that our Naturalists shared.
Marie, ‘ Orca-Magic ‘
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.