September 30, 2018
It is a good thing that the west coast wildlife are equipped for the rain because it was a bit of a wet one for part of today’s trip! We cruised through the Strait of Juan de Fuca until we spotted the blows of humpbacks in Race Pass. We actually came across THREE humpbacks that would surface side-by-side, a rare sight indeed! There is nothing more exciting that three blows and three tail flukes all in a row!
We cruised to Becher Bay where we found little Gherkin! He is a really small humpback who likely lost his Mom when we was around 6 months old. He has been doing well though as we have been seeing him foraging near Race Rocks Lighthouse lots in the past 3 months.
As it started to rain harder, we spotted an Eagle atop one of the islets, looking a big soggy, but not bothered enough to fly back to the safety and comfort of its nest. More wildlife was to be seen at Race Rocks Lighthouse where we found the always impressive Steller and California sea lions. They can use their giant flippers, equipped with long claws to scratch annoying itches on their chest and head. Harbour seals also haul out on the rocky islets, maintaining thick blubber layers by staying out of the cold waters.
One of the most exciting finds was a huge Brown pelican flying over the boat as we cruised back to Victoria! Brown pelicans are extremely rare in our area, so it was extra exciting to have this winged giant fly just over top of us and we were able to get some great shots of him or her before disappearing in to the distance. Flippers, fur and feathers were abundant on the waters of the Salish Sea today!