April 21, 2017
Face to Face with Sea Lions!
Sea Lions were all over the agenda for our 4th Victoria Training Camp! The swimmers went on a guided sea kayaking adventure which included a close up encounter with a large herd of male California Sea Lions. The 1000+ pound Sea Lions winter in the Nanoose Bay area, spending most of their time on huge logs in a log sorting operation. Spending most of their time perched on logs keeps them safe from pods of hungry Orcas that share the area with their potential dinners (the Sea Lions).
We had a second and more surprising encounter with Sea Lions later in the week during a Whale Watching expedition in Cowichan BC! We were observing a pod of transient Orcas when they found a group of Sea Lions – you could hear the dinner bell ringing! One of the Sea Lions decided that our Zodiac might be a safer place to be than staying in the water and tried to jump into our Captain’s cockpit. Lucky for us that the Sea Lion was more afraid of our Captain than it was of the Orcas – so it’s exit was just as fast as it’s entrance. No photos but one of our swimmers captured sounds of the encounter. Our Captain later told us that this was the second time in 20 years that a Sea Lion had tried to board his Zodiac.
Check out the photo of the baby Orca on its mothers back - the photo will enlarge if you click on it.