We have so much to be thankful for and it just happens to be Thanksgiving weekend, here on the west coast. Capt. Gord in the wheel-house and Biologist Mika, took the 12.15pm Ocean Magic out west to celebrate the abundance of wildlife. There is always something great to see here in these rich, cold waters. Our first stop was to view the various pinnepeds( Steller and California Sea Lions ) lounging on the rocks and chasing after fish in the churning waters of Race Rocks Lighthouse. A few Harbour Seals were also seen. We soon had reports of Southern Resident Orca foraging just south of Victoria, so we headed east and found small family groups having fun together. It was exciting to watch so many spy-hops, one after the other , with three heads surfacing at once. There was a great deal of tactile behaviour among the youngsters. It was one of those magical afternoons with J Pod Orca as well as 2 Humpback Whales . What a bountiful trip to celebrate Thanksgiving. Pure magic!
Marie “Orca-Magic”, Clint “Orcawizard”
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.