Orca surfacing in the Salish Sea
Orca surfacing in the Salish Sea

September 18, 2016 – This morning the Marauder IV left Victoria’s Inner Harbour under a beautiful sun. We headed east in search of whales. The weather was perfect, no wind, flat calm waters; perfect to spot a few sea lions and porpoises along the way. We passed Trial Island and its beautiful lighthouse, one of the very last manned lighthouses in Canada. Then we drove along Discovery Island and spotted a few seals. We continued our cruise toward the south of San Juan Island, in the USA. We spotted a family of Killer Whales. We approached and recognized some very familiar resident killer whales, Nyssa (L84), a big lone male, and the family of three killer whales he generally travels with, a mum and her two offspring; Ino (L54), Coho (L108) and Keta (L117). We had fantastic viewing of these whales. They were hanging out around the boat, very chill for about 20 minutes. Then, we started heading home. We stopped at Chain Island to look at the very cute Harbor Seals that usually take a nap there, and we pulled some Bull Kelp on board to explain to our passengers how fascinating and important this species of fast-growing brown algae is. We then headed back to Victoria for a well-deserved lunch.

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