Thursday, April 21, 2011

2 species of Cetacean and 4 species of Pinnipeds on a beautiful spring day! April 20th, 2011.

On another beautiful spring day our passengers today were treated to two different species of Cetacean (Whales, Dolphins & Porpoise) plus 4 different species of Pinnipeds (Seals & Sealions)!

We started our adventures at Race Rocks MPA and there we found Northern Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals, California and Steller Sealions. Race Rocks is one of the few places in the world you will find four different species of Pinnipeds co-existing.

Next we headed East and briefly encountered a small group of Dall's Porpoise who looked like they were in hunting mode.

At the Chain Islets we encountered more Harbor Seals and various Marine Birds including a Black Oyster Catcher.

When we headed into Haro Straight we encountered over a hundred Harbor Porpoise near Beaumont Shoals, a spectacular sight!

On our way home we encountered a Bald Eagle in Oak Bay, the perfect way to end another fabulous day on the water:)

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