Our late afternoon trip out west was another stunning experience. The Olympic Mountains appeared to be layer upon layer of misty, hues of blue. The water was flat calm all around and with no wind it was a real pleasure to soak up the sun and to watch the awesome marine mammals go about their business, foraging for food or traveling slowly from one area to another. We encountered Transient Orca, including T30’s again , the lone male, T31, and the family group, T41’s with the tiny calf. Several of these Transient Orca ‘spy-hopped ‘ for us. This behaviour is always fascinating. A visit to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, a marine protected park, gave us good looks at Steller and California Sea Lions. Several were swimming in the tide line and kelp beds while catching salmon. Harbour Seals were also seen at this location. Our return to the harbour concluded with another sighting of an illusive Humpback Whale. What a great trip our guests experienced with ‘Prince of Whales’.
Marie, Orca-Magic, Clint, Orca-Wizard.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.