Sunshine and zodiac tours watching transient Orcas - what a perfect start to this Sunday!
Articles tagged with: Dall's Porpoises
A small group of guests joined us on our afternoon adventure today, and they were lucky to be on board! Before we even left the harbour, 3 California Sea Lions were swimming in the water! Normally we have to travel 7 miles to Race Rocks before we get to see sea lions. These fury critters reach 1500 pounds and make lots of noise day and night with their characteristic barking. After a quick viewing of the sea lions, we hooked a left turn out of the harbour and headed towards San Juan Island, our favourite part of Washington! We were within 2 miles of the island's western shores, when we spotted 2 humpbacks! Another surprising find, as we rarely see humpbacks this far east. The pair were a mother and her growing calf, enjoying some relaxing time and last minute feeding before continuing on their journey to Hawaii. Humpbacks are smart, they go spend time off BC and Alaska during our summer to feed, then they head to Hawaii for our winters to socialize, mate and give birth. I wish I could take the winters off to go to Hawaii! Continuing on our lucky streak with mammal sightings, a group of Dall's Porpoises surrounded the boat, leaping out of the water! They looked to be chasing small fish as they hopped and lunged around. Dall's Porpoises are not shy of boats, often engaging in bow riding much like dolphins do. We were amazed to have such awesome wildlife all around us!