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MORNING TOURS

We headed out into the Salish Sea on a Southerly bearing, our eyes trained on the ocean looking for wildlife. The Marauder IV cut through the glassy water and we were soon at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve and Lighthouse. Harbor seals were propped up on the low, rocky shoreline. Always entertaining to watch these pinnipeds “galumph” around.

We were also lucky enough to see a pair of bald eagles perched for a photo. Next up were some of the largest sea lions in the world, the Stellar Sea Lions lounging and growling. We continued on west where we were in luck to spot a Humpback whale. It’s blow gave away it’s position and we soon were watching it dive and surface; flicking its tail up as it went. A successful morning was had out to sea!

Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

AFTERNOON TOURS

With a boat full of smiling faces, the Marauder IV got off the dock for her second time in a day. The sun was shining and the mood was positive as we exited Victoria harbour. Our journey took us approximately 7 miles south and then west before we came across a Humpback whale. It was evidently feeding taking a handful of breaths on the surface followed by 6 minute long deep dives. There were audible gasps of excitement as the Humpback whale drew its tail up and out of the water, arched it’s back and plunged into the abyss.

Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.
We stayed with the animal for a considerable amount of time before dropping by Race Rocks on our way home. Harbour seals, Steller Sea Lions and, this time, 3 bald eagles were awaiting our arrival all set to the squeak of feeding Pigeon Guillemots. A joy as always to see an abundance of wildlife at the Ecological Reserve and a perfect way to round off an afternoon’s whale watching.
Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

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