The wonderfully sunny and warm weather continues on the west coast so taking a whale watching trip during August can create life-long memories. Capt David took us out of the harbour this calm and picturesque afternoon. The scenery was spectacular with Mt. Baker rising on the horizon. We headed south until we met up with two Humpback Whales that were traveling very slowly. They appeared to be in a resting pattern. We watched these gentle-giants for some time. After a while they suddenly changed directions. As the water was flat calm and no wind apparent, one could see these whales beneath the surface. It was amazing how large they appeared. A few deep dives allowed our guests great views of the tail/flukes. The undersides of the flukes have specific markings that are unique to each Humpback Whale. We left these whales and headed toward Race Rocks lighthouse, where we found California, and Steller Sea Lions and a few Harbour Seals basking in the sunshine. It was a fantastic trip, a day to remember ! Our guests were thrilled with their experience and with the education that our Naturalists provided.
Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm & 600 mm telephoto lenses. Because of our restrictions around wildlife (100+ meters), we use powerful lenses to better share orca activity that passengers see on their trips. Keep in mind this also heavily compresses space between objects. We also crop images for best blog viewing.