For the 12:15 trip we headed out under grey skies and with calm waters. We had reports of a lone humpback whale west of Race Rocks and so we headed in that direction. It did not take long to spot the whale’s large exhalation of air towering several meters into the air as he surfaced. It was a young whale, likely a young male or female travelling north on the annual migration. Humpbacks travel alone, though mothers and calves will travel together. We stayed with the humpback as he surfaced and performed some exciting play behaviours, thrashing his tail at the surface. After we had spent our time with the whale, we headed over to Race Rocks, where we spotted all four species of pinnipeds commonly found along the BC coast. These included harbour seals, elephant seals, stellar sea lions, and californian sea lions. These four typically stick to their own kind, but can often all be spotted in close approximation to one another at Race Rocks. We had a great trip on near glass-like seas with some pretty exciting wildlife encounters!
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.