Capt. Gord headed the 12.15pm Ocean Magic west this Wednesday afternoon. We were in search of some of the wildlife to be found in these nutrient rich waters. It wasn’t long once out of the harbour that we slowed down for what appeared to be some tall dorsal fins in the distance. These were ‘ Orca ‘, awesome killer whales, apex predators that hunt marine mammals. We were just south of Albert Head near Constance Bank and we could see two groups heading toward each other. These were Transient killer whales, approximately 12 or more individuals, that hunt harbour seals, porpoise and sea lions in these waters. The T 99 ‘s were identified along with two other family groups. A hapless Harbour Porpoise was seen briefly along side these stealth hunters but was soon dispatched. A trip to Race Rocks gave our guests good looks at an Elephant and Harbour seal, as well as a California Sea Lion. Our Naturalists, Michaela, Dan and Brandon gave a fascinating commentary to our guests on board. It was another great summer, wildlife trip once again.
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.