Explosions at Sea! We were out at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, B.C. to view the sea lions there when yes, there were explosions. Turns out that DND, Department of National Defense, uses the areas of Bentinck Island, Whirl Bay and the south end of Rocky Point as a demolition and disposal site.
The sea lions got so scared they stampeded right into the water. When we were first watching them they were just sun tanning and resting until the rapid blasting started. We were far off shore with a very long lens and were not a threat to the sea lions as they are very used to the whale watching boats going by there every half hour. The blasts were so large I think some of them were underwater and my husband saw some on land.
I sure would like to show this video to B.C. Parks, DND and the stewards of the Race Rock Ecological Reserve. The sea lions do not come back to the rocks, some are too scared and they just move away. If there were young ones there they would be trampled. During the year there are eagles, gulls, cormorants and other shorebirds nesting around this area. Also the elephant seals, sea lions, and harbour seals have young there at various time of the year. It was really a terrible thing to see the sea lions so upset and I made a video of it. What I hope they can do is lessen the amount of blasting and space it out a whole lot more if they can't relocate it. The video is made in our little boat, amateur video, handheld, it will be embedded below. It has a little bit of a shocking ending where I get scared.
Various gulls, feasting on needle fish in a ball up, I think there are some Heermanns in there.
We also saw an eagle fly down to the ocean and grab a salmon and then eat it on the rocks. The salmon was so big it had a hard time to get it on the rocks.
Now I am moving on to a more happy story.
Right near Race Rocks, is East Sooke Park. It is "E" week at ABC Wednesday. So I will continue with a fun story about East Sooke Park where we went a few days ago. This is a more pleasant story. East Sooke Park, B.C. is a wilderness park with wonderful coves and beaches, a rocky coastline, some hilltop paths and dark wet rainforests.
It is the largest CRD Park here, 3,513 acres and 31 miles of trails. We went to the Ayland Farm entrance as it is so easy to access there and not much walking.
The exciting part about this park is that it is the main staging area of migrating raptors. They all gather there to go south in September; they have to cross 18 miles of Juan de Fuca Strait to get to Olympic National Park in Washington. It is on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island. You can see up to 1000 Turkey Vultures ganging up there. Other birds to see there are Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Kestrel, Osprey, Eagles and various hawks.
It is the traditional home of the T'Soukes Coast Salish People. They would have survived very well on the salmon, shellfish, berries and wildlife in the area around Becher Bay and Pedder Bay in their time. The Spanish came in 1790, but within 5 years it was all British land. Vancouver Island became Hudson Bay land and was governed under James Douglas.
I imagine the waters were full of dugout canoes and sailing ships bringing supplies back and forth from Fort Victoria. There was a little mining done here, at Copper Mine Bay and the forest was logged and the fish were harvested. There will be a video embedded below showing how we spent the day at East Sooke Park. Amateur footage. There were two eagles flying all around and you can hear them calling. A little Downy Woodpecker followed me all around again but did not want to go on the video. You can click pictures to see in the lightroom.
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