Whale Watching

Marauder IV

Marauder IV

Opal and Agathe came to work with me today….but our work plans were hijacked by an unexpected offer of an afternoon whale watching expedition!

 

 

Free Chocolate!

Free Chocolate!

The free chocolate clinched the deal!

Constance Bank!

Constance Bank!

Opal made free of the equipment on the bridge, and discovered an important bathymetric feature!

Girls attached to Railings

Girls attached to Railings

Both girls admired the wake…they were not nervous though the human was a bit…

 

Looking Out

Looking Out

Opal cast a gimlet eye upon the horizon…

Sea Lions galore

Sea Lions galore

As we slowly coasted past Race Rocks, we spotted Stellar’s and California Sea Lions, hauled out.

Race Rocks

Race Rocks

The lighthouse is now automated, but the islet is part of an ecological reserve and research station.  Click here for the Race Rocks website…

Blackberry

Blackberry

Further West off Beechy Head, we encountered J-pod of the Southern Resident orca population.  We were lucky enough to be able to see a number of orcas, and identifed J-27 who has the distinctive black swirl in the pale area just behind his dorsal fin…

 

 

A Wonderful day!

A Wonderful day!

…This was an unexpected way to spend an afternoon!! Opal and Agathe were tired after this adventure, but rather wound up at the end of the day. I suspect little sleeping will occur again tonight!

Thanks so much to Springtide Whale watching and Ecotours (click here for their website). Our Captain Bill was generous and respectful, our Naturalist Jim was knowledgeable and affable…we actually saw Pacific White-sided Dolphins and Humpback whales as well as Orcas, and the sea lions.  What fun!

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18 thoughts on “Whale Watching

  1. even those of us who venture out on local waters would be envious. that first picture of the girls on the railing shocked me, then I saw their elastic band harnesses – very clever, you certainly travel well prepared.

  2. Wow! All the old familiar places! We almost felt we were there – except for the lack of wind and waves here in the family room.

    • No doubt you have had your share of wind and waves, you probably don’t even need to exercise your imagination very hard! We were delighted to experience in some very small way, the wonders of the pelagic zone and it’s fauna.

  3. ohmy…just think to live in a place where a spur of the moment whale watching expedition would be possible. For the Country Hittys it would mean a trip of several days!! Love the photos and of course getting to see the HIttys in action is always pure joy!!

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