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Ollie the Sea Otter & Humpback Whale

June 30, 2018

This morning, we headed out aboard the Pacific Explorer with news of a humpback whale only minutes from the harbour. We spent some time watching the large humpback whale foraging near the Trial Island lighthouse before heading venturing southwest to see what else we could find. Race Rocks was great today, with dozens of harbour seals hauled out at low tide. We once again witnessed some great eagle action. However, a highlight of this morning’s tour was Ollie, the resident sea otter. He was hauled out on a rock at low tide, giving our guests some great glimpses of the adorable ball of fur!

For our afternoon trip, we headed east into Haro Strait. We started our by traveling through Hughes Pass and past D´Arcy Island. We checked out some nearby seal colonies and viewed the ruins of the old leper colony on D’Arcy island before traveling south into Haro Strait where we had reports of a humpback whale. We had a nice encounter with a large humpback whale as it made its way south and were privileged to see it raise it´s massive flukes. It was making some very long dives. At one point, the whale dove for 13 minutes, only to surprise us by surfacing right near our vessel! It was a great experience and another wonderful afternoon on the Salish Sea.

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