Watching the sun set with our guests from the Star Princess (Princess Cruises). http://t.co/HOSPXt2VCT
The weather forecast today was fortunately incorrect, it turned out to be beautiful, the sun was shining and the clouds were slowly clearing away from the Olympic Mountain Range. We started out our tour this morning on a western trajectory through the Strait of Juan de Fuca towards Becher's Bay. Becher’s Bay was not too lively this morning but we did spot an adult bald eagle perched on a rock as well as a few other sea birds including: the black guillemot, common murre, glaucous-winged gull and some cormorants.
After cruising through Bechers Bay we headed westwards to Race Rocks Marine Protected Area which is Canada’s first marine reserve. Here we observed both the Steller Sea Lion and the Californian Sea Lion. The male Steller Sea Lions are currently establishing dominance amongst each other and claiming the best spots on the rocks to court the females. We also saw a juvenile Bald Eagle perched on a rock. Juvenile bald eagles are often confused with Golden Eagles or Northern Harriers due to their brownish-gold colouration. To avoid any future confusion here are a few distinguishing features of a juvenile bald eagle: they don’t have any feathers on their legs right above their talons (golden eagles do), they do not have any white on their tail feathers, and they are physically much smaller in size than a golden eagle.
We continued to head west during the latter half of our tour where we cruised passed the Trial Islands and Discovery Island. Discovery Island is named after the HMS Discovery and is also home to a lighthouse which marks the separation between the Haro and Juan de Fuca straits. After a splendid morning at sea we headed back to Orca Spirit headquarters and released all you friendly folks to the wilds of Victoria. Thanks for joining us today!
“We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state.” ~ Emerson