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Victoria Whale Watching Report: Harbour Seals and Their New Pups, Bald Eagles, and More!

July 28, 2020

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 – 12pm Covered Vessel Tour

While the sun was shining today it was a bit windy out on the water so Captain Jordan decided to take the Pacific Explorer around the eastside of Vancouver Island. This took the boat, crew and passengers through Baynes Channel passing Discovery Island, the previous home to the lone male Coastal Wolf Takaya. After Baynes Channel we headed into Haro Strait where we cruised along looking for some of the marine mammals.

In Haro Strait we journeyed around the islands of the Gulf Islands we got to talk about the history of many of the places around us. We talked about San Juan Island and it’s relationship and history with the Southern Resident Killer Whales, Spieden Island and its past in big game hunting with exotic wildlife, and Saturna Island and its long and dark history with catching whales for captivity.

As we turned the corner around one of the many smaller Gulf Islands we saw some splashing and it turned out being a sea lion hunting for some snacks. Here we also got to see many Harbour Seals who were accompanied by their new born pups. There was also a few eagles flying over head! Lastly, we got to visit Mandarte Island, a large roosting island for Cormorants as well as many other shore birds. Your naturalists like to describe this island as Bird Poop Island as it is white because of poop, not because it is a fancy type of rock!

After a splashy, and albeit slightly damp trip home we were welcomed back into the Inner Harbour by the sunshine and warm Victoria breeze!

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