It was another warm summer day and all was right here on the west coast of BC. With blue skies above, the 12.15pm Saturday, Ocean Magic II vessel left the dock. With Capt. Scott in the wheelhouse, Biologist, Mika and Naturalists, Liz and Dan on board, our guests were assured of an interesting wildlife trip. We headed west to seek the T41’s and T101’s Transient Orca, that had been reported. We found them traveling east and tight into shore of the scenic, and rugged coastline of Vancouver Island. A very new calf appeared to be traveling with T41A. They were foraging for one of their favourite items of prey, the harbour seal. The T30 family group of Transient killer whales were not far off, so we met up with this foursome chasing after harbour porpoise. These apex predators are always awesome to watch. If that wasn’t enough excitement, we found a single Humpback whale traveling slowly east. It gave us good looks at its flukes, when it took a deep dive to search for small schooling fish. This trip was a fantastic show, put on by magnificent west coast marine mammals.
Clint “Orcawizard”, Marie “Orca-Magic”
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.