Monday, May 18, 2009

Afternoon wildlife extravaganza! May 17th, 2009.

Immature Bald Eagle
Harbor Seals at Chain Islets.

California Sealions at Race Rocks

California Sealions

Sealions and Northern Elephant Seals at Race Rocks

Northern Elephants Seals ans Stellar Sealions at Race Rocks

Stellar Sealions at Race Rocks

What a wonderful afternoon on the water today, with the sun shining and lots of Marine Wildlife! Our adventure started at Race Rocks where we found a large number of California and Stellar Sealions on the rocks as well as at least five Northern Elephant Seals.

Whilst we were watching the Sealions and Seals about six California Sealions were spotted playing in the water and three of them got brave and came over to our boat for a closer look. California Sealions are much smaller than the larger Stellar Sealions that can reach 11 feet long and 2500lbs.

Next we ventured over to the Chain Islets where we visited the Seal colony and witnessed well over a hundred Seals on the rocks and in the water. Many of these Harbor Seals are looking very fat as they are carrying unborn Seal Pups. Whilst a the Chain Islets we also saw a Harlequin Ducks, Black Oyster Catchers and Cormorants.

On our way home we also spotted an Immature Bald Eagle. It was the perfect end to a magnificent spring day on the water!

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