The late afternoon 3.30pm, Ocean Magic, with Capt Scott in the wheelhouse, and crew members Mika and Liz, set a course east and north . With sunshine and little wind, this Saturday afternoon, visibility was fantastic! A few speeding Dall’s Porpoises showed themselves fleetingly as we headed north, up Haro Strait. Opposite Kellet Bluff, but in Canadian waters, several members of J Pod, were seen swimming along. We could even see some of these Orca just below the surface since the water was flat calm. A chance meeting with 4 Transient Orca , mammal hunters, just off Beacon Hill Park, on our return to the harbour, made for an exciting time once again. Our guests on board got to view, not one , but two different kinds of Orca this afternoon and our Naturalists on board explained the differences. There were several bait-balls of assorted gulls and some sea birds, on the surface. It was an exciting trip once again 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.