With the Dragon Boat Festival well under way in the harbour, Capt. Gord manoeuvred the 12.15 pm Ocean Magic vessel out toward the west, where Transient Orca were sighted south of Albert Head. It was here that we found five females and one youngster traveling slowly while hunting for marine mammals, especially Harbour Seals. They would take long dives and disappear for several minutes. T 31, a lone male was off by himself in a south west direction, and he too would take several breaths at the surface and disappear for long periods. He did surprise us once, surfacing in a different location to where we expected him to surface. A trip to Race Rocks gave us good looks at California and Steller Sea Lions sharing the rocks with a number of shorebirds, Black Oystercatchers . Harbour seals were lounging on rocks too. More sea birds and different gulls are now gathering in these waters and as we entered the harbour, a fishing vessel was unloading their catch of the day, possibly Tuna. It was another great trip with ‘ Prince of Whales ‘.
Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm telephoto lens. 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.