North Vancouver Island.
It’s with sadness that we leave TC on Sunday. Our summer is over here and it’s time to get back to reality. (we will go kicking and screaming!!)
However, we were truly blessed to have one last day (Friday) on the water. Fishing. Whale watching, bird watching, fishing, feeding the eagles, fishing.
Lynn and Chuck graciously invited us to go bottom fishing and this time Dale got his license (on-line) to give this sport a go. He did very well too. Photo’s prove it! 🙂
He caught dinner – Kelp Greenling Cod. A beautiful fish.
Chuck gave him pointers.
Last catch of the day!
We were out of Bausa Cove next to a small island with an eagle’s nest. Both eagles were in residence. So any small fish we caught became dinner for eagles. Chuck would whistle and toss the fish and the eagle would swoop down from the top of the trees, make a circle around us, and swoop in to grab the fish. Truly awesome seeing this.
This eagle was the first one down. He grabbed his fish and took it back to the island and ate it.
The second eagle gave us a good show.
Dale took a video of this. Check it out here.
We saw so much action on the water today. Barges probably coming down from Alaska load down; barges in Blackfish Strait; cruise ships heading to Vancouver or Seattle after enjoying a trip around Alaska; and many different types of boats. The Orcas passed by us. Always a treat. A seal came to see if he could get dinner from us. And many, many birds and gulls.
A beautiful day with very generous friends.
Life is beautiful and so good. God shows himself in His creation all the time.
As I was shopping at Stubbs Whale Tour shop, I ran into Heike, owner of the Whale tour company. She is our neighbor for the summer. After small talk she asked me if we had taken their tour yet. “Not yet,” I said. “How about going on the 5 p.m. tour tomorrow?” Silly question!!!
Tuesday ended up being our hottest day here so far and that made for a great 3 hour trip starting at 5 p.m. for us.
We left the mouth to Telegraph Cove and immediately came across Orcas. Allison, our naturalist guide told us this is a family of mom, brother, 2 daughters and 2 cousins. They can tell by their dorsal fins who they are. Fife, the male has a nick in his fin from a vessel. And the mom is the boss and leader!
This is the Lukwa, “a place in the forest.” Our captain, was Wayne, who also lives next door to us. He has been on these waters for 60. First as a RCMP and then as a captain for Stubbs Island.
Heike’s dog, Cleo, keeps watch on the boardwalk everyday.
Dale looking for Orcas.
Only a tiny fin here but the water was really cool after the dive.
We followed these whales for about 1.5 hours. They are fish eating whales. About half way through the time we spent watching them, some White Belled Porpoises came along aggravating the Orca. Splashes occurred.
On the way to the seals, two Dall Porpoise came along side the boat and got right next to it. They can travel like 55 kph. They were going so fast. In and out under the boat. No photo because we were so amazed to actually fully see them. They zoomed off to the right lickety-split.
Once we got under way, we were head to Black Fish Strait. Here we saw the Stellar Seals, largest in the world and bigger than a grizzly.
I spotted these eagles a little to late. Actually I saw the one in the top and the other after editing the photo! I guess it is mating season.
Some scenes from the strait. Smoke from Canada came in pretty good today.
Look who else is fishing.
We could see the humpbacks blowing way off or “puffing” as Capt. Wayne said. We were off the north tip of Malcolm Island and got around 4 humpbacks. They weren’t very photogenic today.
When looking for humpbacks, one always looks for birds who are attacking a bait ball. The fish, herrings, is what humpbacks eat.
Allison was able to get this one!
Captain Wayne put us on the boat first so got a great spot. I actually sat up above my head most of the time. And then in the back. We would run from the front to the back and then up front. We had a great day for whale watching.
As we went back into Telegraph Cove, the sun was setting and gave us a great sunset.
For more great, great photo’s head on over to the Stubbs website.
Life is great! Again, God’s creation is breath taking.
about the Rubbing Beach? It is quite amazing.
On our day off last week we drove the Forester (Ebony Shadow) to Port McNeil to the ferry to go to Malcolm Island. The little village we came into is Sointula. We drove through town, down past the marina to Bere Point Beach Campground and Beautiful Bay trail.
On research of this area I ran across the Rubbing Beach where Orcas come to rub their belly and bodies on the stones close to shore. No one know why they do this. Many theories about why but no one really knows why. Now wouldn’t that be a sight to see. I knew we just had to visit here. I was so excited!
We arrived at the campground which was pretty full. We drove to the trail head, got Morgan out of the car and our lunch and cameras and took off up the trail.
Bere Beach is on the west side of Malcolm Island and on the Queen Charlotte Strait. The point on the right is Bere Point and the one on the left is Malcolm Point. A trail goes from point to point.
A very nice trail but covered on both sides with foliage. We came to a platform where one can watch the rubbing beach for Orcas.
The tide was out when we were there and something we didn’t even think to plan for. Alas, no Orcas showed up to give us a show. We were bummed but if we come back next year we will plan better and earlier in the season. You can see here what this is all about.
If you look way down the beach you will see a tarp. People who monitor the Orca were camping out there with all their equipment. It was interesting to chat with them and hear about their study. We also got to talk to a couple from Victoria who want to become RVers when their time comes. We got to share RV information with them.
Time for lunch.
Since we didn’t get to photograph Orcas, next best thing was the birds.
An eagle came to visit too.
Rubbing Beach at Bere Point. A sign told us not to walk on the beach because the Orca can hear our steps. We tipped toed out and sat on a log waiting and waiting.
About an hour and a half later we left and drove to the other end of the island and then headed to get in line for the ferry and head home.
A very good day!!!
Life is awesome. The work of God’s hand in creation is so amazing and beautiful – on Beautiful Bay.