A Seal enjoying the sun
A Seal enjoying the sun

August 14, 2016 – The morning tour began warm and sunny. We left the Inner Harbour and headed east in the direction of San Juan Island. We arrived into a dense fog which gave a surreal feel to our cruise. Luckily we crossed paths with some of our resident killer whales – K Pod- (which are fish eaters) swimming along the coastline in search of food. After a few minutes enjoying them, a big male came very close to the boat and breached twice right next to us. Everyone on board was so excited. We continued to enjoy the show for about 30min then headed back. On the way, we stopped close to Chatham Island to pick some Kelp for tasting.

In the afternoon, we headed east again towards Trial island. We came to the beautiful lighthouse there and observed a few harbour seals lazing in the sun. Then, we were lucky to quickly find a family of transient killer whales close to the island. It was the T10 family composed of two big brothers and a smaller female. We enjoyed their company for about an hour. The T10 whales were on the hunt for marine mammals, especially harbour seals, their favourite prey. We then made our way to Chatham Island to once again pick some bull kelp. We showed this amazing fast-growing algae to our passengers, and some courageous people even tried a piece of it.

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