It was a beautiful afternoon shaping up for the 12.15pm Ocean Magic 2 vessel as we left the harbour with Capt. Gord in the wheelhouse. Biologist Mika, and Naturalists Dan and Brandon gave an expert presentation of our safety procedures and discussed the possible wildlife to be found in these nutrient rich waters. There were many sail boats, with sails flying high, participating in the Vanisle 360 race. We turned east and then north up Haro Strait to find the 5 Transient Killer whales reported just off Sidney. On the way we saw a Bald Eagle take down a gull. We did find the apex hunters, 5 whales, the T10’s and T26’s close to the township of Sidney . They appeared to be in traveling mode. These killer whales are the marine mammal hunters, preferring seals, sea lions, porpoise and dolphins and even small whales. Our guests on board were thrilled with this encounter and were all smiles when we disembarked at the dock in Victoria. 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.