Ocean Magic Adventure April 30 2011

The ocean magic set out on a perfect Saturday with sunshine and warm temps in search of wildlife. We headed east in Juan de Fuca into Haro Strait. We made our way to Spieden island where we caught glimpses of the goats who inhabit the island. As quoted by Wikipedia; “Spieden Island is a privately owned island (James Jannard—founder and major shareholder of Oakley, Inc.[1]) in the San Juan Archipelago in the U.S. state of Washington. It has a land area of 516.4 acres (209.0 ha) and no permanent resident population. In the 1970’s the island was used for big game hunting; game animals were imported and a hotel, airport, and small hangar built to accommodate visitors. This no longer occurs due to the risk of shots carrying across to highly populated San Juan Island. The resident animal population still includes exotic animals such as Mouflon sheep from Corsica and Sika deer from Asia”.

We checked out the “mans club” which consists of a group of lounging Stellar sealions who were hauled out onto the rocks and some who appeared to be enjoying the sun. For the first time, I got to see what a walking sealion looks like, check out the video clip for a glimpse of that. We then continued to circumnavigate San Juan Island and checked out the various colonies of sea birds such as the pelagic cormorants as well as groups of seals and sealions. We made our way back to Victoria with perfect scenic conditions, along with many boats and kayaks who were out taking advantage of the summer like weather. As we past the Trial Island light house, a single bald eagle was sitting up high looking over the Salish Sea, check out the photos for a peek of that!. Although we didn’t find any cetaceans (whales) on our trip we still enjoyed viewing incredible nature and the wildlife who make it their home.