Our skipper, Capt. Scott slipped the Ocean Magic from its slip in Victoria’s inner harbour, and took us out into the wild blue of the strait of Juan De Fuca, Here he put us in perfect position to view one of nature wonders, the Transient Orca, or Killer Whale. This was T14 Pender, and adult Male Killer Whale. He travels the waters of Vancouver Island, in search of his favorite food, harbour seals. We enjoyed his presence, and view him as he worked the clear water off Victoria. Capt Scott then took us to view not one, not two but three Humpback Whales. This mother and calf were being shadowed by an adult male. The three were working the water, playing and rising for air. It was a joy to watch them swim the water and raise their tales for deep dives. Always a pleasure to see these gentle giants of our oceans. Our crew of Rhonda, Mika and Dan filled our passengers with information and their love of our marine wildlife came through in every word. Our trip then took us to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, here Stellar Sea Lions, California Sea Lions and Harbour Seals were in abundance.
Tag: humpback whales
Today with perfect weather conditions (again) captain Anna Hall and her crew set off in search of whales. We learned that Lpod was making their way across the Victoria waterfront and were westbound in addition to that, there were a handful of humpback whales also sighted in the Juan de Fuca Strait. We were not even 15 minutes out of the inner harbour when we came across 1 humpback whale known as Bart or Split Fin (named because his dorsal has a particular shape). He seemed to be busy milling about, we stayed with him for a few mins. We headed south to Race Rocks where passengers were introduced to the various sealions and seals and the ecological reserve and light house. Several sealions were splashing about in the water, jumping and hanging out in groups. We proceeded to the east where members of Lpod were westbound in the Juan de Fuca Strait. We had a surprise pass by one of the larger males L89 who I just luckily managed to capture on video. We stayed with them watching them travel, some in groups others quite spread apart. Several lunges and tail slaps were observed. We then departed the orcas and found two other humpback whales milling as well.
Our skipper Capt. Scott took the 12:15 Ocean Magic II out into calm seas and overcast skies. We were headed south in search of Humpback Whales, and it was not long before they were spotted. Capt. Scott put us in a perfect position to view a pair of Humpback Whales. This mother and calf have been seen off Victoria all summer. The calf was rolling and playing in a kelp ball, the mother was taking deep dives as the calf stayed on the surface. The show only got better as the calf breached five times to the delight of our passengers. We then took a tour of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Here we took in the sights of Stellar Sea Lions, Elephant Seals, California Sea Lions and Harbour Seals. Another wonderful wildlife adventure with Prince Of Whales.
It was a calm and sunny late afternoon when Skipper James headed the 4pm Zodiac out of the harbour and toward the east where Southern Resident Orca were reported. We found members of L Pod traveling slowly toward the shoreline of San Juan Island. They were in a resting formation. We saw the L2 family group with mom, L 2 ‘Grace ‘and her two sons L 78, ‘Gaia ‘ and L 88, ‘Wave Walker’. It appeared that K 40,’ Raggedy ‘and K 21, ‘ Cappuccino ‘ were again spending time with the L’s. We watched these magnificent Orca for a while then turned west and headed for two Humpbacks, a mother and her calf, that were south of Race Rocks. Another Humpback whale, one called ‘Split-fin ‘was also in the vicinity. This whale, with a distinct dorsal fin, has been seen each year for the past three years on its way through this area before migrating to warmer waters either in Hawaii or Mexico for the winter months. It was amazing to see these huge whales lift their flukes before taking a deep dive. All too soon our wildlife trip was over and we returned to the harbour as the sun disappeared behind the gathering clouds.
Today’s Ocean Magic 3:30 trip found us only minutes from the Victoria inner harbour. Turns out that members of L & K pod were on the move across the waterfront eastbound towards San Juan Island. At first they were very spread apart, but did group up and started traveling quickly speed porpoising out of the water, it was an awesome sight! Big males porpoising out of the water together is such a momentous encounter. The animals crossed Victoria and continued past Discovery Island. Some breaches were seen by 1 big male (see photos) as well as more awesome group porpoising including one little wee one who would pop out of the water on their own (see video).
While repositioning the vessel, we stopped to look at a Stellar sealion who was busy feeding on some fish, and would also fling the fish around and tease the seagulls. We then caught up for another look at the last group of traveling killer whales, there were many whales in the area. After having a wonderful time with the killer whales, we ventured south west into the strait in search of humpbacks! Low and behold we found my favorite humpback whale (known as Bart who has a split fin) who was probably with his mother together lounging about.