The Ocean Magic 2 vessel left Victoria at 3.30pm Saturday afternoon with Capt. Gord in the wheelhouse. Crew members, Mika and Liz discussed with our guests the variety of wildlife that could be seen on any of ‘Prince of Whales ‘ adventures. This afternoon we headed west in search of Transient Orca that had been reported but could not find them. We checked out the wildlife at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Several species of bird were seen as well as 4 Elephant Seals lounging on rocks. Harbour Seals were also seen at this location. After our visit to this most southerly point of Vancouver Island, we headed over to San Juan Island to see some of J Pod Orca that were foraging. They were well spread out but we found J 27, ‘Blackberry ‘ and J 34, ‘ Doublestuff ‘ off shore . These two young males were busy chasing salmon. With ideal conditions we headed back to the harbour and were able to enjoy the scenery and some of the marine traffic that traverse these busy waters.
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.