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August 17, 2017 – Bigg’s Killer Whales, Humpback Whale & Race Rocks Marine Ecological Reserve

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10am Excursion

We departed the dock on the MV Catalina Adventure and proceeded south in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in search of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). We encountered Bigg’s (mammal hunting) killer whales and two humpback whales in the southern portion of the strait. The Bigg’s killer whales were surfing the large swell that was coming from the West. It was a beautiful but lumpy morning on the strait.

2pm Excursion

We departed the dock on the MV Pacific Explorer and proceeded southwest in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in search of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). We encountered the T11 group of Bigg’s (mammal-hunting) killer whales hunting seals of the Haystock Islands. After several sightings of this group, we proceeded to Race Rocks Marine Ecological Reserve. It has the second oldest lighthouse on our coastline. Race Rocks is a year-round haulout for harbour seals and a winter haul-out site for Steller sea lions and California sea lions. We observed both the Pacific harbour seal, northern sea lions (Steller), and California sea lions were spotted on various islets in the reserve. Additionally, a single humpback whale was observed near Race Rocks. A choppy afternoon on the water.

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