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Port Renfrew Seals, Sea Lions, Humpbacks & Orcas

July 8, 2017

Sunshine and small swells where the only thing in sight as we set out on our tours this week. Any fog that had been around burned off fast as we cruised along the Juan De Fuca shore line. Quickly spotting bald eagles soaring above the tree line we stopped to check for any nests that might be in sight! Tucking behind a large cropping of rocks we observed a large haul out of harbour seals enjoying a low tide rest. We continued up the shoreline spotting one of the suspension bridges of the west coast hiking trail and soon came upon the Carmanah lighthouse. As we approached the lighthouse we noticed a certain odor on the wind. Steller sea lions! These animals are always a crowd pleaser. Even popping up around the boat doing cartwheels and flips. With such beautiful sea conditions, we ventured out into open waters in search of whales! After a short 15 minutes, we could see tall blows in every direction! It was humpback whale soup. So many humpbacks its hard to pick which ones to visit first. After getting some superb looks at these huge 45-foot-long animals we noticed something new on the horizon. A tall dark dorsal fin! As it turned out in amongst the humpbacks we had members of L-pod of the southern resident killer whales. What an incredible experience to have so many whales all around and to be the only boat viewing them! We finished our tour cruising back to Port Renfrew with the ocean swells. Fingers crossed for more epic days ahead!

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