Category Archives: Ucluelet

May 14 2018

California Sea Lions resting till the next fish boat comes in

California sea lion antics

Humpback Whale showing it’s dorsal fin is barley visible through it’s spout

When humpback whale’s show their tail or ‘fluke’ like in the photo below, is an indication they are preparing to dive

In BC, the sea otter population had all but vanished until 1969 and 1972 when government biologists released 89 otters into the waters of  the West Coast of Vancouver Island. By 2008 the population had reached nearly 5,000. They are still listed as a species of “special concern,” have not yet re-established themselves on Haida Gwaii, inside Georgia Strait and along some stretches of the Central Coast.

Western Gulls are large white-headed birds with a heavy bill and pink legs. Breeding adults have a dark grey back, an orange ring around the eye and a red spot on the lower bill.

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April 3 2018

Today was an eye opener for me, as a partner in this company I deal with office operations, photo editing, answering the phone, you know the  routine stuff.  I had the opportunity to go on a whale wildlife tour as the photographer, with my partner and 4 guests. Wow! So much respect for the profession.  Imagine what your guide has to deal with on a tour, knowledgable in  wildlife, history of the area, operating the boat, finding wildlife, answering many questions, ensuring guests are comfortable and safe, maintaining your required tickets to run a boat, take photo’s if there is an opportunity and run the boat safely while bobbing in the ocean swells!  There have been many occasions when my partner has returned from a spectacular tour full of incredible sightings but no photo’s.  Taking photo’s is no easy task while bobbing in the swells, I took over 300 and only half a dozen are worth keeping.   Kudos to all  Guides.

California sea lion.

Beach carnage, a bald eagle snacking on a sea lion carcass.

Steller sea lions hanging out on Mara Rock.

Bald eagle fledgling coming in for a landing.

The elusive Kingfisher.

 

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March 22 2018

Spring has arrived,  or has it!  Mother nature is consistent in the return of abundant  wildlife to our coast, the weather is another issue..rain, hail, sun, snow.

A very wet Bald Eagle

Gray whale in sun

Snow capped mountains and wispy clouds

Mature Bald Eagle teachings

Yes the kid nailed the landing

 

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March 20 2018

 George Fraser Island was littered with Steller sea lions and California sea lions all mixed together.  California sea lions can be identified by their dark chocolate coat and a bulbous forehead. Steller sea lions have a lighter brown coat and are larger then California sea lions.

California sea lions having a moment

Oyster Catcher and Cormorant  guards.

Oyster Catcher’s can be identified by their bright red bill and pink legs,  bright yellow iris and a red eye-ring.

Steller sea lion practicing diving, swimming and having Fun in the water.

 

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March 8 2018

This is what happens when the herring spawn. Our sea’s, coastline and skies explode with life.  On today’s tour we had sightings of at least 15 Gray whales within a 3 mile area off Salomon Beach, hundreds of Surf Scoters, Humpback whales, Eagles, Sea lions and more.

Gray whale and just a few Surf Scoters.

A few more Surf Scoters

 

Gray whale knobby back

 

Gray whale blow hole

Gray whale back

 

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March 5 2018

Departing Ucluelet Harbour followed the Bold Performance out,  likely in search of Herring.

We found Sea Otters a Mom and her baby.

A Gray Whale feeding on herring.

Steller sea lions having fun playing in the water.

And to top our day off  3 Orca’S.  A triple header Day. Wow Thank You Mother Nature!

 

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March 11 2018

A long overdue Update everyone.

August 2017 was good & bad for Beachcomber Ocean Tours. We had 2 weeks of adventures & happy customers then on August 17th we had total engine failure, unfortunate for many of our customers who were looking forward to tours to see wildlife & the magical waters of Barkley Sound. 
Going forward we are excited to be up and running again & the MV Blackfish has been re-powered with a Volvo Penta D6 330. This is state of the art in new diesel engine technology combining superior performance with reduced exhaust emissions, high reliability and increased fuel efficiency.  Thank You to Advanced Marine Power, Campbell River for your excellent service.
We are Looking forward to 2018 please joins us on our next Adventure!

Sea Trials January 14 2018

 

Proud Captain Cam and his Volvo Penta D6-330

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