The thing about wild life viewing is you don’t know what you’re going to find. This means that once in a while we do not find any killer whales or other cetaceans on our trip. Today was one of those days. However, that being said, one can still really enjoy the adventure while finding other kinds of wildlife – which there is plenty of out there. That is what makes our pacific coast so amazing. We were the first whale watching boat out today so we went in search of killer whales on the way to Race Rocks ecological reserve. Upon arriving there, we found approximately 6 Elephant seals and 2 Stellar sealions not to mention tons of harbour seals hauled out on the rocks. There was a huge gathering of Pelagic Cormorants on one of the rocks as well. We then headed east through Juan de Fuca Strait towards San Juan Island – the typical feeding grounds of the southern resident killer whales. We did not find any orca so we looped around to Discovery Island near Oak Bay in Victoria to take a look at the preserved beauty. Passengers were thrilled to see a Great Blue Heron, 2 eagles and other birds such as Common Murres and Harlequin Ducks. The Ocean Magic crew did a wonderful job searching the pacific giving tourists the sometimes difficult glimpse into looking for cetaceans. We’re reminded that we’re out in nature, and that itself is perfect in which ever way you encounter it.
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