It was a different kind of day here on the west coast this Monday, with grey fog around and some light rain falling. Despite the weather, the wildlife was out there. Capt. Gord and crew members Liz and Dan were able to scan the horizon for Humpback Whales. We observed two initially, south of Victoria, but one disappeared off into the greyness that surrounded us. The other one would take long dives and surprise us by surfacing close by. We left this gentle giant and headed to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, to view Steller and California Sea Lions jockeying for position, as well as Harbour and one Elephant seal, lounging on rocks. Several flying Pigeon Guillemots, sea birds, were foraging for food among the rip tide that flows freely between the large rocks. Although there were no Orca seen on this trip, our guests enjoyed the diversity of marine life observed in these rich waters.
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.