With reports of Orca heading in from the west Capt. David headed the Ocean Magic vessel out west from the harbour to try to connect with the in- bound Southern Resident Whales. We stopped by Race Rocks Ecological Reserve first and viewed Steller and California Sea Lions. They were jockeying for the best spots a top the rocks. We left the lighthouse and traveled further west and soon saw the misty blows of Orca traveling toward us. They were spread far and wide across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but as they passed, we were able to see that most of the whales were members of K Pod. By late afternoon the wind was getting up. The whales took advantage of the flood tide while traveling swiftly toward the east. It was a perfect finish to a beautiful day spent on the water in one of the most picturesque areas on the west coast, where so much marine life can be found. Our guests were treated to an educational trip by our knowledgeable naturalists and were all smiles as we disembarked. Another great trip with ‘ Prince of Whales. ‘
Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm & 600 mm telephoto lenses. 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.