The ‘Prince of Whales ‘ Capt. for this Sunday afternoon 12.15, Ocean Magic trip was Capt. Gord and he and his crew would provide excellent looks at the variety of abundant wildlife to be found in these nutrient rich waters. It was yet another bright October day with great visibility. We headed west to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to view the many Steller and California Sea Lions, posturing for best position on rocks. Harbour seals were evident as well as many migratory, dainty little Bonaparte’s Gull, and the red-billed Heermann’s Gull. From this area we traveled south to look for possible Transient Orca and other Humpback Whales that had been reported in the area. After a extensive search we headed east to find two Humpback Whales , a mother and calf traveling slowly. They would take a few breaths at the surface them disappear for several minutes while they foraged on small schooling fish. Our on board Naturalist Dan, gave an in-depth talk to our guests highlighting the wildlife to be seen on the west coast. These are such beautiful October days to be out on the water with ‘Prince of Whales’.
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.