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June 11, 2017 -Killer Whales, Seals & Sea Lions

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Another beautiful Sunday on the coastal waters of Victoria! Transient orcas have been all the rage as of late, and they did not disappoint us on this day! We were able to track a wonderful family of these mammal-eating orcas as they cruised the waters looking for harbour seals, sea lions and porpoises- all make a great meal for these active orcas! We were able to show our guests how the dorsal fins of transients are very pointy and curve sharply towards their tails, unlike the more rounded and softer curved dorsal fins of the resident killer whales.

As we were already west of the city, we were fortunate to be able to stop at a location filled with marine wildlife- Race Rocks Lighthouse! Not only did we spot one elephant seal lying in the water by the stairs, we saw FOUR male elephant seals in the water! These marine mammals are truly giants and they displayed their long noses or probosis’ as they blew bubbles in the water!

A loving pair of bald eagles perched on one of the islands before showing their expansive wing span as they flew to another islet. Harbour seals looked like they did not have a care in the world as they lounged on the rocks, soaking up the warm sunshine. Making a raucous on the big island were the few California sea lions who have not left for mating season. Maybe these guys lack some confidence in the love department and decided to sit this year out!

The Salish Sea is a wonderful home for so many creatures. With highly productive waters that give the animals food to eat, we are very fortunate to live so close to such amazing and interesting neighbors!

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