The great weather continues here in Victoria, and heading out on the water is sure to bring surprises, and an experience that is a whole lot of fun. Capt Jeff and crew members Mika and Jen headed the Ocean Magic east toward San Juan Island, where reports of Minke whales and Orca had come in. We passed a number of speedy Harbour Porpoises on our way to Salmon Bank where three Minke Whales were briefly seen while they foraged for small fish. Harbour Porpoises are generally very shy and disappear quickly, so to see them ‘porpoising ‘ along the surface was quite unusual. Minke whales are Baleen type whales, having no teeth, unlike Orca that have a mouth full. Minkes also take really long dives while chasing their prey items. Following our visit to Salmon Bank, we headed closer to Hanna Heights, San Juan Island, and found three members of L Pod, the L 22’s. A female with her two adult sons, was seen slowly traveling along the shore. They appeared to be in resting mode behaviour, so were not actively foraging for food. Our trip finished with a visit to Oak Bay Flats where we viewed Harbour Seals basking in the sunshine on some low lying rocks. It was another great adventure, 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.