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AFTERNOON TOUR

Wednesday afternoon was sunny and warm, the water was calm and the wildlife was out in force! Our first stop of the day was at Race Rocks and as ever it provided us with wonderful sights. Our first species was a proud bald eagle followed by Harbour seals popping their heads out of the water, while others relaxed out on the shallow rocks. The loudest of the Race Rocks contingent was in the form of Sea Lions. California and Stellers where having a power struggle over on another rock. The larger Stellers were winning the fight for the top while the California’s barked away in protest at the lower level.

Bald eagle
A lone bald eagle at Race Rocks. Photo taken by Captain Yves with zoom lens and heavily cropped.
Sea lion haul out
Steller sea lions fighting for the best spot. A California sea lion sits grumpily to the side. Photo taken by Captain Yves with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

We traveled south and soon came across our first whale: a humpback! It looked like a sub-adult moving very fast, showing its tail and diving down to eat. Keeping up with the humpback, we watched it travel before continuing our own journey. To top the day off we found Transient Killer whales, the T46Bs family pod. The mothers and juveniles traveled in a tight knit group with long dives in between surfacing events, perhaps the group was a little sleepy. The cherry on top of what had already been a fabulous afternoon.

Humpback whale
A humpback breathing at the surface. Photo taken by Captain Yves with zoom lens and heavily cropped.
Orca pod
A family group of orcas. Photo taken by Captain Yves with zoom lens and heavily cropped.
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