Humpback Whale, Seals, Sea Lions & Ollie the Sea Otter
September 11, 2018
This Tuesday morning was incredibly foggy and windless, severely limiting visibility on the water. By the afternoon when we departed the dock for our tours the breeze had picked up and most of the fog had been blown off the water. We set out with renewed hope of spotting wildlife. Not long into our journey we spotted a mature humpback whale feeding about a mile off of Race Rocks! We lingered to watch the humpback surface and deep dive several times before heading towards the lighthouse at Race Rocks.
At Race Rocks Ecological Reserve the local sea lion population was very active. The large males sparred with each other, barking and roaring loudly. We cruised by a large raft of bull kelp in search of the resident sea otter, Ollie. We spotted his fuzzy light colored head amongst the dark kelp floats. Ollie was meticulously grooming his dense coat, something he spends a great deal of his time doing. Sea otters reply on their fur coat to keep them warm in the water, as they do not have a thick layer of blubber like most marine mammals.