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Morning Tour

Starting our first tour of the day, the clouds were hanging low and the cold breeze made autumn noticeable.

This morning, we journeyed west onto the Juan de Fuca Strait, heading towards Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Constantly scanning the area for blows and fins, we got lucky after about an hour of our tour and spotted a spout of a Humpback Whale, south-west of Race Rocks.

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

We spent a while watching this giant animal lifting part of its body out of the water when surfacing. The cloudy sky created a magical atmosphere on the Salish Sea. Just before taking a deep dive into the ocean and leaving us behind, the Humpback Whale lifted out its tail and showcased its large tail flukes.

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale about to dive. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

Rounding up our morning trip, we traveled closer to the Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, where we encountered a huge colony of Sea Lions – a colorful mix of California and Steller Sea lions.

Sea Lions colony
Sea Lions having a big sleepover at Race Rocks. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

 

Afternoon Tour

Later on in the day, we spent a lovely afternoon on the catered charter with the company Connor Clarke & Lunn. Again, we left onto the Juan de Fuca Strait, continuing our whale search.

Besides enjoying some quality time, our excited guests were lucky to encounter some amazing sightings. Our first stop was the Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to watch barking California and Steller Sea Lions, as well as adorable Harbour Seals.

Harbour Seals
Harbour Seals resting on the rocks. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped

After waving good-bye to these cute Harbour Seals, we headed South towards Washington. Our search for whales paid off at Border Bank, where we encountered Transient Killer Whales, more precisely the T18’s family.

Transient Killer Whale
T18 – Transient Killer Whale. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

After enjoying the magical moments in the presence of the Killer Whales, we traveled back home looking into a beautiful sunset. What a great day!

sunset
A magical afternoon trip. Photo by Captain Yves

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