What a great way to spend a Saturday. Our morning trip aboard the Tenacious III departed Kelsey Bay on very calm waters. Minutes into the trip we spotted 2 small Steller Sea Lions swimming along the Vancouver Island shoreline.
Moments later a young guest named Britt from the Netherlands spotted a pod of 100+ Pacific White Sided Dolphins. They were wake riding and leaping out of the water which allowed guests a wonderful opportunity to take photos and just be amazed at their aerial abilities and their beauty.
As we approached the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve we came upon the C10 pod of Northern Resident (fish eating) Killer Whales.While travelling along the reserve we also encountered some Dalls Porpoise and more Killer Whales in the Reserve headed North. They seemed to be everywhere as we witnessed even more Orcas as we approached the North end of the Reserve.
We lunched at Bell Rock just off Cracroft Point with a Humpback Whale. The whale circled our boat very calmly not showing his fluke. There was lots of bird activity around as well as more Steller Sea Lions.
On our return back to Kelsey Bay we met up with some Killer Whales again who were heading down the Johnstone Strait.
It was an amazing morning on the water. What will the afternoon bring?
Saturday , Aug 6th Afternoon Trip:
Departed Kelsey Bay under sunny skies and with a boat full of guests from all over the world. Everyone was eager to see what today’s trip would reveal to them.
At the North end of the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve we observed a Humpback Whale swimming slowly headed East.
Shortly after we spotted Killer Whales and we were able to identify 5 whales from the C10 Northern Resident (fish eating) Clan. They were travelling very closely together towards the reserve. After spending some time with them we traveled up past Kaikash Creek and encountered more Orcas (approx 6) spread out travelling up the Johnstone Strait along Vancouver Island shoreline.
We then headed to Cracfroft Point and drifted in the strong current and whirlpools while having out lunch. Guests were able to watch 3 Humpback Whales feeding in the current all around us.
On our way home we were treated to a bonus visit from a group of Pacific White Sided Dolphins. They rode in our bow and wake just before we arrived back in Kelsey Bay.
Perfect ending to a beautiful day.
Photo Credit: Tina Kuschel Photos taken with telephoto lens and cropped