We ventured to waters that we do not go to often today and extended our trip to catch up with the Resident A23/25 orca’s. En route we encountered harbour seals, black turnstones, black oyster catchers and numerous juvenile and adult bald eagles, we even encountered a stellar sea lion swimming in the middle of the Strait. It was at Cracroft Point that we observed some humpback whales and hundreds of red-necked phalaropes. We continued on and had a nice viewing of ‘Eagle Eye’ and the Boat Bay Camp where wardens for the Michael Bigg Ecological Reserve camp for the summer, it was very cool and interesting for our passengers to see them up on the cliff with their spotting scopes. We continued on past the Ecological Reserve east end boundary and caught sight of initially two big male dorsal fins as the orcas swam close along the Vancouver Island shoreline. The kayakers on the beaches had a wonderful surprise viewing of the A23’s/25’s orca’s as did we and we were all very thankful to have a visit with them, before making our way back up the Strait.
On our way home there was plenty of bird activity especially of common murres, rhinoceros aucklets and gull species and we had a nice viewing of a couple humpback whales as well. It was worth the extra time, and definitely worth the extra mile!
Today’s penned comments:
“It was an amazing and unforgettable trip. We liked the killer whales best (also the scones). Fair winds.”
Bartjan, Madeleine, Emma, and Sophie from The Netherlands
“It was so peaceful on your sailing boat today! This time sailing was good to be in the right frame of mind to see the humpback whales and killer whales…peace and quiet! Merci”
Famille de la France
“Thank you so much for this amazing trip and the effort you made to make it unforgettable for us! Once in a lifetime! Will recommend it to everybody coming out here. Keep up the great work of respecting these beautiful animals and their living environments.” Tom & Juanita from the Netherlands