Capt. Gord in the wheelhouse the Ocean Magic II headed east as it left the harbour. Naturalists Dan and Jen discussed with our guests the safety features of the vessel. It wasn’t long before we found two Steller’s Sea lions traveling past Trial Island.
A Bald Eagle was also seen fleeing Gt. Chain Island. We headed north under cloudy skies and took in the sights of Mandarte Island where the local Glaucous-winged gulls, Pigeon Guillemots, Canada Geese, Pelagic and Double Crested cormorants nest. From there we headed into USA waters and passed some of the San Juan Islands. A visit to Spieden Island gave us good looks at swimming Steller Sea Lions, Mouflon Sheep, and Sika Deer. Our return to Victoria took us past the Kelp Reef marker where we saw a sleeping Steller Sea Lion. Many lounging Harbour Seals were observed at Chatham and Discovery Islands. Our guests enjoyed the fascinating wildlife to be found in these scenic and nutrient waters. It was another interesting Marine wildlife adventure 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.