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It was a cool, calm morning as the Marauder IV left Victoria Harbour with the rain of previous days seemingly held at bay. We traveled south in search of some marine mammals and were not disappointed. About level with Race Rocks Ecological reserve we came across two Humpbacks spending a lot of time at the surface.

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale. Photo taken by Naturalist Gord with a zoom lens & heavily cropped.

Quite a treat considering these animals can spend upwards of 45 minutes under water with one breath! After spending a good chunk of time observing these two mesmerizing animals we headed further south and came across another Humpback whale. It was following the more common pattern of behavior we tend to see from Humpbacks: 5 or so breaths at the surface followed by a deeper dive in search for food. Its tail was flung up into the sky at full extension, before going for said deep dive, which was a magnificent sight.

Humpback Tail
Humpback Whale going for a dive. Photo taken by Naturalist Gord with a zoom lens & heavily cropped.

Our morning venture was topped off with a visit to Race Rocks Lighthouse where the Sea Lions were both noisy and smelly and the Harbour Seals adorably placid.

Harbour Seals
Harbour seals looking cute! Photo taken by Naturalist Gord with a zoom lens & heavily cropped

On our Zodiac trips in the afternoon, we were lucky to find those Humpback Whales again and enjoyed their presence, before visiting the usual crew of Sea Lions and Harbour Seals.

California Sea Lion posing for the photo! Photo taken by Naturalist Gord with a zoom lens & heavily cropped.
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