Fantastic, is what one can say about the 12.15 Ocean Magic trip today. Under clear skies, with Capt. Scott and crew members Mika, Liz and Dan on board, the Ocean Magic headed west where we had reports of several groups of Transients heading in-bound past Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Each small family unit traveled east and met up with another group of orca. Much socializing was witnessed with enthusiastic breaches and spyhops. It was thrilling to watch. Perhaps some of these individual whales had not seen one another for weeks or months. We had 25 or more Orca around us. Transients are the apex killer whales, who prey on other marine mammals, especially seal, propoise, dolphins, sea lions, sharks and small balleen whales. We soon noticed 2 more big ‘blows’ south of our position, so headed to a mother and calf Humpback Whale. We watched these ‘gentle giants’ forage. It was such an amazing encounter with these magnificent west coast mammals. Our ‘Prince of Whales ‘crew shared their knowledge with our guests, so everyone on board was assured an amazing trip.
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.