We set sail on our zodiac boat “FasTide” in the afternoon with high hopes of finding some large marine mammals. We weren’t to be disappointed and east of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve we found some Humpback whales. It was estimated that there were about 10 in the area. We concentrated on a couple of individuals with the tell-tale blows of the others visible in the distance. We watched them raise their tails high in the air and slap them down on the water’s surface propelling them on a deeper dive.
We mixed up our wildlife viewing and spent some time with the pinnipeds: Harbour seals, California sea lions and Steller sea lions. The Salish Sea is truly a magnificent place to be able to see multiple species of wildlife in the one trip.