Today on this October day (but what felt like a spring or summer day) Captain Gordon and crew departed for the Juan de Fuca Strait where we found transient killer whales and they were on long drives. From there we decided to check out the Race Rocks ecological reserve where passengers got a look at the seals, sealions and bird life there. We then departed to find humpback whales, a mother and calf pair swimming calmly together. Not far from them were the T2’s transient killer whales. The group contained adults with one bull and a calf. They split into two groups and appeared to be in a foraging behavior, although we did not see any predation at the surface. After enjoying the perfect sunshine and awesome viewing conditions, we finalized our trip by checking out the Gray whale who was hanging around Enterprise channel and very close to the Victoria shoreline. Today was a perfect October day.
We set out on this perfect October day in search of 2 transient killer whales; T20 and T21. We caught up to them traveling eastward in the Juan de Fuca Strait not far from the southern portion of San Juan island. The mother and son pair were observed in traveling mode. We headed westward in search of humpback whales and sealions. We arrived to find 1 small humpback 2 miles west of the Race Rocks ecological reserve. The animal was shallow diving, and seemed very calm. No activity from this youngster on our trip! On our way home, we stopped in at Race Rocks and checked out the seals and sealions hauled out on the rocks. Today’s weather was picture perfect which gave passengers an awesome opportunity to capture the epic scene west coast natural world and the wildlife that resides within it. I hope this weather holds up!
We departed today on the 12:15 departure and headed south into the Juan de Fuca Strait. Captain Anna got word that there were killer whales inbound heading east to San Juan Island so we headed out first in search of humpbacks while seeing the odd harbour porpoise or two. We made our way over to observe 2 of 4 humpbacks in the area. It appeared to be a mother and calf, I do recognize the one larger humpback from previous years. They were fairly relaxed swimming calmly together showing us their magnificent tails. Next it was onto Race Rocks where passengers got a glimpse in the fog of the lighthouse and the sealions and seals hauled out on the rocks. There was a lone Osprey sitting on the rocks as well. We then made our way back to Victoria where Lpod was passing the Gonzales and Oak Bay areas. The animals mainly swam together in large groups, with spyhops, breaching and tail slapping along the way. I was fairly lucky today to catch Mega L41 breach not far from the boat, managed to get some decent photos – see the slide show. Guests were treated to an amazing abundance of wildlife viewing today,