One of those 'we are so lucky to be in such a beautiful city' type of days! http://t.co/pmkVhOHZ44
This afternoon we cruised out of the harbour hoping to see some of the Salish Seas finest marine life. We made our way west along the coast of Vancouver Island. Nine miles past until we came to Race Rocks Lighthouse, our historic black and white striped masterpiece that towers 24.4 m into the sky. Race Rocks was full of marine wildlife, as we came across female Elephant Seals molting last year's coat. A dozen or so Steller's Sea Lions were lying on the rocks, soaking up the warmth from the island and the sun above. Harbour Seals are the most abundant marine mammal on BC's coastline and we saw many sprawled out along the water's edge of many of the islets.
After many great photo opportunities and funny looks from the animals at the Lighthouse, we cruised east to search off the shores of Discovery and Chattham Islands. The water was like glass in the bays and we admired the beautiful Arbutus trees along the shores. We spotted a pair of Canada Geese and a Bald Eagle soaring high in the sky. What a spectacular day it was on the Straight of Juan de Fuca!
"There was a sea scout camp near a beach where the porpoises were so friendly that they swam to shore every night at dinner time. Every night the chef used to announce dinner by yelling: "Dinner! For all in tents...and porpoises."