Sightings Report for August 14th

Happy Monday! Smoke from wildfires throughout the province have made their way to the area, making for a hazy day.

In the morning there were reports of J pod, of the Southern Residents (salmon eaters), heading west through the Juan de Fuca Strait. By the time our fleet left the harbour the whales were by Jordan River, it would be a long trip but our captains went for it!! Hopefully they can find the food they need out there. There are so many humpbacks around feeding, and we encounter them daily. These large baleen whales migrate here every summer from their breeding grounds in tropical waters. On the afternoon tours our captains went west again and encountered Biggs Orca (mammal eaters) scanning the coastline for potential prey. They spend most of their time foraging and we often encounter them chowing down on their latest kill.

Race Rocks ecological park is loaded with the local pinnipeds. Both seals and sea lions enjoy sunning themselves along the shore lines of these small islands. They are often heard barking at one another as they compete for space and dominance. 

~ Stay tuned for what we encounter next!

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Capt Tom