Holy smokes guys, today was awesome. No fog, almost no rain, and no wind so it was flat calm!
We all went for midday departures today, Rush and Matt departed at 11 and 12 respectively, and Ocean Magic II at her usual time slot of 12:15pm. We had a fantastic crew aboard today, Captain Jeff, First Mate Casey, and Claire and myself naturalizing.
Rush was ecstatic when he returned to the office from his trip. He found a couple humpbacks just south of Victoria, but his whale sightings didn’t end there. Rush spotted no fewer than seven humpback whales today!
This is more whales than we can realistically even stop to look at. It’s a good problem to have, don’t get me wrong. But it’s quite a feeling to hang out with a couple whales, then zip off and find a couple more. Then a couple more. By this time your passengers have become excellent spotters, then can officially tell a humpback from a log or piece of kelp (harder than it sounds for people new to the ocean environment), and they’re pointing left, right and center. “Whale!” “Over there!” “Whale!”
“WHALE!” And all you can do is nod, “I know, but we have to keep going if you want to see other stuff.” There’s too much wildlife!
All the trips today had this problem, Matt’s tip saw six humpbacks, and Ocean Magic II managed to stop and look at four, despite seeing several more blows as we traveled. After tearing our eyes away from one of the most spectacular and the largest animal native to the Salish Sea, we went in search of other critters.
We found Harry Otter chilling near his favourite island, which itself was home to two massive bald eagles! Harry just hung out and observed us for a while, but after a few minutes he treated passengers to a display of grooming!
Then it was on to Race Rocks. The harbour seals were plentiful, the Steller sea lions were growling, the California sea lions were barking, and the whole place was back to its usual rank odor, despite the cleansing rain yesterday.
Matt also scored a small pod of Dall’s porpoise on his return to Victoria. Bonus!
Don’t forget, we ARE open tomorrow, Thanksgiving Monday. The whales don’t take days off, and neither do we. So join us on a tour and we’ll show you all the wildlife we’re so thankful for!
By Jennifer Dickson