Our Saturday Afternoon trip on the Ocean Magic II vessel headed toward the east once we had left Victoria Harbour. As we rounded the breakwater we noticed the activity of the sea planes coming in for landing and the Cruise ships that were tied up at the dock. Our Capt and crew provided expert summaries of the bird and wildlife to be found in this area during our travels. We found an illusive Minke Whale that was taking long dives off San Juan Island. We also found Steller Sea lions cavorting in the water chomping on fish, as well as two lounging at Whale Rock. One seemed to enjoy the turbulent waters of the tide rush while it luxuriated in the surf. A few Harbour Seals lay low on wave washed, surface rocks. Several Common Murres, Pacific Loons and many Rhinoceros Auklets were seen where the Minke whale was feeding. It was another wonderful excursion into the west coast waters off Victoria, BC.
Marie “Orca-Magic”, Clint “Orcawizard”
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.