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We set sail from Victoria in the afternoon, hoping to continue the wonderful week. We made our way straight to Race Rocks, and were greeted by a plethora of seals and sea lions basking in the sun. The large Steller sea lions only came back from their breeding grounds further north a couple of weeks ago. Since then their numbers have been steadily growing, they will be getting pretty crowded in the coming months! The harbour seals were also huddled up on the rocks. With the tide coming in they were nearly getting washed back into the water and were trying their hardest not to get washed away.

Harbour seals
A group of harbour seals trying to avoid the waves. Photo taken by Naturalist Emma with zoom lens and heavily cropped.
Sea lions
Steller sea lions lounging on the rocks. Photo taken by Naturalist Emma with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

We continued on, turning west towards the Pacific Ocean. We were enjoying the view as we traveled along the coast of Vancouver Island, but became extra excited when we spotted a blow in the distance. As we approached we were able to see the large tail flukes of a humpback whale as it dove among the waves to find food. We waited patiently and were surprised to find it had popped up on the other side of the boat! It continued to show off its massive size and beautiful tail, it was an awesome sight. As we motored back to Victoria we high-fived over a fantastic day!

Humpback whale
A humpback whale showing off its classic hump. Photo taken by Naturalist Emma with zoom lens and heavily cropped.
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