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Fall has now arrived – today was a grey and rainy day on the west coast. Nevertheless, the wildlife did not mind a little rain and provided us with amazing sightings that created shining eyes.

In the morning, the whale search constituted a challenge, but after being patient, we got lucky and encountered a group of our Transient Killer Whales, including the T11A, also known as “Rainy”. This animal is one of the biggest males in the community of Killer Whales on the West Coast. We were treated with magical views of the animal floating on the surface. To wrap up the morning trip, we went by Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, to watch California Sea Lions and Harbour Seals resting on the rocks.

California Sea Lion
California Sea Lion – looking curious eh? Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

 

Our afternoon trip journeyed west along the shoreline of Sooke, out in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We did not have to search long, until we discovered a spout in the distance – a Humpback Whale!

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

Heading a little closer to the animal, we encountered a couple more Humpback Whales. The light fog over the water created a special atmosphere while watching these ocean’s giants. Just before taking a deep dive into the ocean, one of Humpback Whales showcased its large tail flukes rising out of the water.

Humpback Whale Tail
Tail of a Humpback Whale. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

After enjoying the views, we headed over to Race Rocks in order to meet the usual crew of Harbour Seals, Sea Lions and Sea Otter, again.

Harbour Seal
Smiling Harbour Seal about to get a shower. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

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