There is always something to look at when one takes a wildlife trip with ‘ Prince of Whales.’ Victoria is surrounded by incredible scenery and an abundance of marine mammals within these cold, but rich nutrient waters. The Monday afternoon 12.15pm Ocean Magic 2, with Capt. Gord in the wheelhouse, headed us east and north to find members of J and K Pod, part of the Southern Resident community of Orca. On our way we passed the Ocean Magic vessel coming in from the Vancouver run. We found the whales traveling very slowly inshore off San Juan Island. There were many interesting ‘spyhop ‘,behaviours, where the orca raise their head and part of their torso above the surface. 8-10 of these behaviours were counted. The whole group seemed to be in a very mellow mood, resting while milling about. What a magical encounter with these whales once again. Our crew of naturalists on board Liz, Dan and Brandon, shared their knowledge with our international and local guests. The return trip gave us views of gulls, air craft and some marine traffic, the ” deep seas” freighters and tankers, that traverse the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It is great to be on the west coast enjoying’ Nature ‘ on these sunny days.
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.