Victoria Whale Watching Report: Sea Otter, Seals & Sea Lions
May 5, 2019
On this morning’s whale watching excursion, we left the docks on flat calm waters, we started scanning for Cetaceans (whales, porpoises and dolphins) as we entered the Juan de Fuca Strait.
The fleet fanned out in search of marine life in our biodiverse waters. We searched to the south and west, landing us right in the middle of the Strait, between Washington shores and our Canadian coastline.
We edged into the islets at Race Rocks Lighthouse to show guests the awesome marine life that call this marine reserve home. The harbour seals were the first to be spotted, with dozens laying on the rocks, batting their big, round eyes at us.
Next, we came across the two species of sea lions we are so lucky to have here. A California sea lion seemed to be very comfortable as he made the staircase his napping spot of choice. Others barked and Steller sea lions growled on the rocks below the lighthouse.
We were lucky to see a few elephant seals resting on the grass near the house! These males can grow to over 16 feet in length and weigh up to 5,500 pounds! Elephant seals are deep divers, capable of holding their breath for over 100 minutes and reaching depths of 1550 meters!
To top the wildlife off, we spotted a gorgeous bald eagle on one of the islets.
Saved the best for last, as Ollie our resident sea otter made an appearance. The sun was shining and the calm waters were amazing. A great day out on the water!