Under overcast skies the 12.15 Ocean Magic vessel left the dock with Capt. David in the Wheelhouse. Our crew, Mika, Casey and Lindsay were on board to share their knowledge of the incredibly diverse environment that can be found here on the west coast. Conditions were perfect for seeing wildlife. We headed out of the harbour and traveled south and then east in search of Transient Orca. We soon found two bulls, the big males, identified at T 97 and T 93. We watched these top predators for a while as they travelled slowly south east toward the San Juan Islands. Turning west, our travels took us toward Race Rocks Lighthouse. We found another large Transient bull, T 40, aptly named, Capt. Hook, due to his hooked dorsal fin. He too was slowly traveling east. Several lazy Elephant and Harbour Seals on rocks, and noisy Steller Sea Lions greeted us at the lighthouse. What a great afternoon’s viewing of spectacular wildlife for our visiting guests. It was another awesome 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.