The whales are all gone, for the most part, now. But we do still get to see lots of other wildlife on our Hot Springs Cove Tour. A visitor favourite are the local sea otters. When I was young, sea otters were rarely seen due to having been almost completely wiped out by the fur trade for their pelts. But now, due to various conservation efforts, they have made an impressive comeback. And it is rare for us to not see them on our tours. Sometimes we even get rafts of 40 or more all together!
We are at the time of the year where the ocean roar becomes more common. We listen to Mother Nature and sometimes postpone our hot spring tour to the next day. But this is often a good time for a therapeutic soak indeed, when the days are cooler. In the mean time, it is mesmerizing to watch the big waves crash on shore.
Hi, my name is Sam Plumley. I’ve been working with Tofino Whale Watching for 9 years. I love my job. Everyday on the water brings a new experience, of which I try to photo and capture it as best I can. This year was a great year for grey whales. We also saw killer whales and humpback whales. We saw many sea otters, seals, sea lions, and various sea birds like eagles, oyster catchers, tufted puffins, and acculets. We had lots of great days on the water and many visitors from all over the world. My favourite trip this year we saw a sea otter eating an urchin. For many years now I’ve wanted to see an otter eating urchin. Almost every trip there is at least one animal that puts on a great show and shows us how beautiful mother nature can be.
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