Stellar sea lions hauled out.
A magnificent rainbow arched across the sky as we were leaving Alert Bay and while there were rain showers on and off throughout the tour there was much to see along the way. Our sightings included: stellar sea lions hauled out and swimming, dall’s porpoises, harbour seals, surf scoters, rhinoceros auklets, pigeon guillemots, one mink scurrying along a rocky shoreline, one black-tailed deer grazing and 2 canada geese in flight. A large gathering of some 35+ bald eagles were sighted swooping low over a bait ball in front of Alert Bay later on in the afternoon. It is a good sign that food by way of herring and other small fish species are making there way into the area for seabirds and marine mammals to feed on.