Humpbacks and Algae
The Backs of Two Humback Whales. All photo credit to Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Yet another sunny day out on the waters of the Salish sea and the promise of  seeing exciting wildlife was in front of us.

 

After sailing for a little while our guests were treated to a special talk by Naturalists Heather and Gord about the special properties of one of the biggest growing algae in our area: Bull Kelp. This algae and many others are used in a lot of beauty products!

Heather and Gord talking about Bull Kelp
Heather and Gord talking about Bull Kelp

 

Moving on our crew and passengers were delighted to arrive on scene with some Humpback whales including a juvenile! The adults are pictured above and the juvenile below.

You can see how the adults have more white scratch markings on them than the little one, his blank canvas will soon be painted upon!

Juvenile Humpback going down for a dive. Juvenile Humpback going down for a dive.

Of course a visit to Race Rocks is always a must and so off we went! We were happy to see Sea Lions and Seals galore

A beautiful Sea Lion sunny itself to warm up from the cold pacific waters.
A beautiful Steller Sea Lion sunny itself to warm up from the cold pacific waters.

 

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