Friday, the 13th has proven to be our lucky day as we not only saw our beloved harbour porpoises but also resident killer whales in close proximity to each other.
So we knew that those were definitely resident killer whales because the harbour porpoises were busy foraging and ignoring the large whales. Lucky them!
Today we spent a wonderful afternoon in the sun at Whytecliff Park.
There was low tide when we arrived, and a few people were exploring Whyte Islet.
We, however, enjoyed the peaceful scenery sitting on one of the many benches – and we were rewarded with seeing birds, sea lions, harbour seals and harbour porpoises.
Whytecliff Park never ceases to amaze me. Although I have been there a thousand times (or so it seems), it still has this mesmerizing and soothing effect on me. I always feel good having spent some time there.
Of course, seeing wildlife frequently there – like today’s Anna’s hummingbird, a pair of beautiful seagulls, sea lions, harbour seals, and harbour porpoise – adds to that special feeling, too.
After our little museum excursion, we went to Whytecliff Park – although rain was predicted.
It is always so nice and peaceful out there so that we just wanted to give it a try. And the clouds are always so special.
We were lucky indeed – at least for some time – before the rain came.
Until then we had some company from a crow and a bald eagle.
On our second day of the 2016 Vancouver Tourism Challenge, Marcus and I visited the HR MacMillan Space Centre, the Vancouver Maritime Museum, and the Museum of Vancouver. The latter had a neat exhibition of the Expo 86.
On our way back we also saw a few geese among all those beautiful sea of daisies.
And here they are – all the marine mammals we saw:
harbour seals, sea lions, harbour porpoise, and a minke whale.
Yes, indeed, there was a minke whale feeding right in front of us. At first, I thought it was a group of harbour porpoise, but no, this was a much larger animal out there.
What an incredible experience!