Sunshine and zodiac tours watching transient Orcas - what a perfect start to this Sunday!
On today's adventure we left the serene waters of Victoria Harbour and set our course towards the placid seas of western Juan de Fuca Straight. As we scanned the horizon for any blows, dorsal fins or splashes, we spotted several Harbour Porpoises surface as they were hunting for small fish to eat. This species of porpoise is quite shy when boats are around, so we have to admire the glimpses we get as we travel along. We made our way over to the Marine Reserve known as Race Rocks. Here there are several small rocky islands, with the largest island home to the infamous black and white lighthouse, all made of granite stones. The lighthouse warns boats of all sizes that the islands are there, so they can avoid running into the dangerous area. Stellar's Sea Lions love to hang out on the rocks here, enjoying the sun and the fish that swim amongst the Bull Kelp. Stellar's Sea Lions like to growl and roar, making sure everyone knows they are there! We were also very fortunate to see not one but two male Elephant Seals along with five females! Elephant Seals are not commonly seen this far south, but we sure enjoy it when they decide to pay us a visit! The male Elephant Seals have an inflatable nose called a proboscis, which they can extend 2 to 3 feet out and make a trumpeting sound. We watched eagerly as one of the males bounced along the rocks towards the females, who moved quickly in the other direction. I guess they were not interested in making friends! Along with the Stellar's Sea Lions, we also saw a few California Sea Lions, with their chocolate brown fur, barking into the air. California Sea Lions are just starting to return to the area, with this trip being one of the first to see the new arrivals. We also got to watch many Harbour Seals resting at the water's edge of many of the islets, everyone was enjoying the warm weather and sunny skies. We headed back to Victoria with lots of great pictures and fun memories!
Today's Ocean Funny: What did one tide-pool say to the other tide-pool?
Show me your mussels!