October Arrives
Swimming California Sea Lions. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

October is here and there was a cool crisp breeze in the morning air. The conditions out on the water were breathtaking: glass flat water with the sun shining down, creating an aquamarine hue. The Olympic Mountains were clear as day, the snow capped peaks a signal that winter is coming.

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve
Race Rocks looking picturesque. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

 

We headed due South and arched West as we continued our search for large marine mammals. Our first pit-stop came at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve where we enjoyed watching the frolicking seals and sea lions. The California Sea Lions barked so loud their calls almost drowned out the on-boat conversation. We marveled at the super-sized Stellers and their contrast to the mini Harbour Seals.

California Sea Lion
A California Sea Lion having a good clean. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

 

It was just West of the reserve when we came across what we had been searching for: two whales! Humpback whales to be precise. They were diving close together and showing their beautiful tails flick up in the air! The stunning morning conditions made the perfect backdrop to a mesmerizing encounter with one of nature’s giants.

Humpback Whale
A Humpback Whale’s tail. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.
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