Orcas (I15’s, A23’s/A25’s) Humpback whales, Dall’s porpoises, Stellar sea lions, Harbour seals, River otters, Bald Eagles, American Crows, Great Blue Herons, Gull species, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres and River Otters.
Sunshine on our shoulders made us happy during our tour today. Infact every mountain, tree and animal were lit up like lanterns as the sun’s rays touched on all living things. This made for breathtaking scenery in all directions.
The Sea Lions looked so shiny and vibrant, the Orcas shimmering black was like a knight in shining armour and the kelp glistening like hundreds of diamonds in the sea.
Heading out in the afternoon on days where the forecast looks promising, allows the warmth from the sun to burn off any lingering fog. That is exactly what happened today. Although there were occasional wisps of fog in the region, most of it had burnt off by noon.
September is the feasting month when the oceans are at their richest. Strong currents and large tides are stirring up large quantities of microorganisms which are fed upon by small schooling fish. These fish are then eaten by the salmon which are then eaten by the Orca, along with so many other animals including Seals, Sea Lions, Eagles and Bears. The food chain is intricately connected with each link just as important as the other. The salmon are the keystone specie in this region.
As we head out each day sharing our backyard with visitors from all over the world, it is important for us to inform our passengers about the environmental concerns of this region. As well we like to offer the best experience onboard Seasmoke, so they can take home not only memories but stories and information they can pass on to friends and family. This way we all become ambassadors, caring for a region that houses some of the most beautiful and majestic animals that exist on planet earth that we are so privileged to encounter.
Seasmoke Whale Watching photo’s have been taken by Dave Jones using a telephoto lens and have been cropped.