Thursday 9th May - Victoria.
Angela and myself had been looking forward to this part of the trip for a long time... the chance of seeing a Whale, something neither of us had seen in the wild.
|Our intrepid group of Whale watchers departing Victoria harbour. |
My camera by this stage had been nicknamed 'camo cam' by the cruise companies' personnel.
Angela is once again behind the camera.
|And this was the sight that we saw !!!|
A young male Orca (Killer Whale) moving along the coast with his mother.
What a fantastic experience !!!
|Angela's photo of the male Orca as the sea mist rolled in over the coast.|
|The female leading the male. It was difficult to photograph the two Whales together |
but Angela managed it.
|While we watched the Orcas moving WNW, I managed to |
snap a record shot of a pair of Rhinoceros Auklets.
With big smiles all round, the journey back involved a stop at Race Rocks - lots of wildlife sightings here too.
|Angela's photo of Race Rocks, the Lighthouse and an Elephant Seal on the slipway.|
|A colony of Californian Sea-lions.|
|A bit of a poser this one.|
|Elephant Seals keeping a close eye on our boat.|
|Harbour Seals - completing the trio.|
Back in Victoria Harbour I spotted this pair of River Otters on the rocks, viewed from our cruiser.
|River Otters - we later saw these from Fisherman's Wharf - |
closer but more nervous and not easy to photograph.
The fish and chips here was tasty though.