With Capt Scott in the wheel-house this afternoon, and a crew of experienced Biologist and Naturalists we were in for a real treat. Mika, Emily and Lindsay, were on board to enhance our experience in the waters south of Victoria. Our first encounter with the fascinating wildlife was at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve where we saw Harbour Seals, and California and Steller Sealions jockeying for the best position on the rocks. The Lighthouse here was first lit on Boxing Day, 1850, but is now automated. From this location we headed south to find two Humpback Whales in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. They were traveling together, but certainly gave us great looks at their Flukes so we could identify them as BCY0324,and BCY1068. They made a couple of unexpected close passes, which amazed and delighted our guests on board. The huge whales would dive deep after several breaths at the surface. We finally left them to head back to Victoria. Another exciting 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.