I took the opportunity of a clear, calm day to jump a trip to see some sea life out in the San Juan Islands and Straits to the east of Vancouver Island …
… and while out thinking how difficult it must have been for those early navigators plying the seas to find a route through the intricate network of coastal waterways …
|Showing Victoria, capital of Vancouver Island -|
and then the border line interspersing the islands up
to 49th parallel south of Vancouver
… yet I also remembered that for centuries the indigenous peoples knew their lands, the flora and fauna all essential to their slower full way of life …
|Looking east to the snow-covered Mount Baker|
Just looking at that daunting land, full of mountain ridges interspersed with volcanic valleys, or the many ‘dead ended’ inlets …
|Java rock chain with Sealions, seals and plenty of birds|
... then the multitude of islands and islets – some just called ‘chains’ (reefs) … ie rocky formations just at or below sea level – boggled my mind.
|Enhanced iphone photo|
We did see in the distance – but c’est la vie: it was lovely to be out and to have the opportunity – a Biggs Killer Whale pod, a harbour porpoise being eaten I believe … as it was being tossed around … Steller Sea Lions, seals numerous, lots of birds, including common murres …
… on Spieden Island fallow deer from Europe, Moufflon sheep from Corsica, Sika deer from Asia (Japan) remain after it was set up for sport hunting … now it is unoccupied, but the animals thrive and remain … until (I guess) inbreeding occurs.
|All on board - rarin' to go ...|
As an after-thought – you may know James Jannard who owns Spieden … he started and owned Red Digital Camera – forty of which were used to film The Hobbit.
We cruised down at 55 kmph (28 – 30 knots) … I sat hunkered down letting my eyes drift across the gentle calm waters … over to the USA mainland, or westwards towards our British Columbian coast …
|I had lots of layers on ...|
It was a lovely excursion run by Ocean Ecoventures, who are passionate and dedicated, responsible for ethical whale watching and wildlife viewing.
|Spieden Island is marked|
They are a small owner operated tour company, members of the Whale Watch Association while supporting local researchers and conservation efforts.
It was delightful … and I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon out with them … so friendly – I did feel a bit like a teletubby – the only downside to the whole trip – but I was warm!
Ocean Ecoventures website and blog ... with some amazing photos
Here’s the Hobbit link to James Jannard and Red Digital …
Marine Mammal Research website
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