How to Identify California sea lions: California sea lions are smaller than Steller’s and are members of the eared seal family. Mature males have dark brown fur, mature females and immature males have light yellowish to tan fur and have a bump or ball cap on their head.
*A male can weigh 200-400 kg (441-882 lbs) and is 2-2.5 meters long (6.5-8 ft)
*A female can weigh 50-110 kg (110-243 lbs) and is 1.5-2 meters long (5-6.6 ft)
* A baby or pup can weigh at birth 6 kg (13 lbs) and is 75 cm long (30 in)
How to identify Steller sea lions: Steller sea lions are the largest member of the eared seal family. They are tan to golden brown in colour and darken to chocolate brown on their flippers and underside. Males develop a thick neck mane as they mature.
*A male can weigh 450-1,120 kg (990-2,470 lbs) and is 2.82-3.25 meters long (9.3-10.7 ft)
*A female can weigh 240-350 kg (530-770 lbs) and is 2.3-2.9 meters long (7.5-9.5 ft)
*A baby or pup can weigh at birth 23 kg (51 lbs) males are bigger than females.
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.
March 31 2018
California sea Lion antics
Have a great day and hope to see you soon.
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.
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
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!
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!