Sunshine and zodiac tours watching transient Orcas - what a perfect start to this Sunday!
We departed Victoria Harbour with the sun shining and salty sea scents all around us. We headed out South West over to the American side of the waters. Along the way we saw Double-Crested Cormorants(Phalacrocorax auritus, Black Guillemots(Cepphus grylle) and a few different species of local gulls. We then headed towards Race Rocks lighthouse to track down some more marine wildlife. Elephant Seals!! The Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris) can reach upwards of 4000 pounds +! There were also some Harbour Seals (Phoca vitulina) and some very playful Stellar Sea Lions (Eumetopias jubatus). For those of you who are wanting to sea the other local Sea Lion that I was mentioning (California Sea lions) you can view the video I told you all about at this link: Video of California Sea Lion in Victoria. Finally on our way back in for the day we were able to get some good photo ops of the second largest bird of prey or raptor, the Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).
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