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

Coming out of the harbor we had picturesque views of the Olympic Mountains ahead in Washington state. We continued in that Southerly direction and then turned West as we peeled around Race Rocks Lighthouse. To the West was where we found our first species of the day: a Humpback Whale.

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

It was travelling along the surface with its dorsal fin on show, raising its tail high into the air when it went down deep into the Salish Sea. A little bit further out West we were lucky enough to come across another Humpback whale, a large plume of exhaled breath its give away sign.

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

We rounded off our afternoon on the water with a peek at the wildlife residing at Race Rocks Ecological. Harbour Seals, California Sea Lions and Steller Sea Lions were all present and active.

Sea Lions
Sea Lions in power struggle on the rocks. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

A power struggle was ensuing between the sea lions at the top of a rock, a California Sea Lion was making the trek up the cliff face of Greater Race Island and Harbour Seals bobbed along in the shallows. Moreover it was a treat to see “Harry” the Sea Otter having a nap in the Kelp Forrest. An afternoon packed with wildlife!

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

Check out our Facebook album for more amazing pictures of that day!

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