Sunshine and zodiac tours watching transient Orcas - what a perfect start to this Sunday!
Articles in Category: Seals, Sea Lions & Otters
Phoca Vitulina Richardsi
Harbour Seals are members of the Phocidae family and are one of the true seal species found off Victoriaʼs waters. True seals have pin holes in the sides of their heads for ears with no external ear flaps. They also have fur covering their flippers. Sea lions have small external ear flaps and naked flippers, thus they are not considered a true seal species.
Elephant Seals are not a common sight in the Straight of Juan de Fuca, but their presence is a real treat on a few occasions from spring until winter. Both males and females occasionally rest at Race Rocks Lighthouse, spending time basking in the sun atop the rocky islands. Northern Elephant Seals occupy Pacific waters from Alaska to Mexico.
Lutra Canadensis Mira