The Ocean Magic 2 vessel left Victoria at 12:15 pm with Capt. Scott in the wheelhouse. Crew members, Mika and Liz discussed with our guests the variety of wildlife that could be seen on any of ‘Prince of Whales ‘ adventures. This afternoon we headed west in search of Transient Orca that had been reported. We found a pair of Transient Killer Whales off Sooke. They were traveling, heading north a mile offshore. We then checked out the wildlife at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Several species of bird were seen as well as Stellar Sea Lions and California Sea Lions lounging on rocks. Harbour Seals were also seen at this location. With ideal conditions we headed back to the harbour and were able to enjoy the scenery and some of the marine traffic that traverse these busy waters.
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.