Update: There is a better idea of what happened now. The boat was west of Vargas island close to Plover rocks. Plover rock is a Sea Lion haul out.
The Leviathan II must of been on the west side of Plover rock? It was reported that everyone was on the top deck port side. That meant it had to be pointing due south while being on the west side of Plover rock.
Everyone would of been looking towards the east where the Lions were on the rocks. Waves normally come from the west. Everyone would of been looking eastward. With everyone on the top deck (24 people) this made the centre of gravity much higher than normal.
A large wave must of rolled in from behind them without anyone seeing it?
With the centre of gravity being too high,when the wave struck them,she rolled over!
This sums up basically what I believe happened,but keep in mind I am speculating.
Just heard from a good friend that “Lilly” was killed yesterday! I took these shots on Wednesday & she was killed the next day,Thursday!
A boat (Ahous Hacoom) was seen to run her over on purpose. Her body was all mangled by the prop.
Last year one was shot,but not killed. It was blinded by the blast. The Vancouver Aquarium rescued it!
I came across “Lilly” swimming through the harbour.She was heading westward & I was heading eastward. She seemed approachable. I noticed her nose was recently injured! It had to of been done by a male Sea Otter. When the males mate with the females they grab them by the nose so as to make them stay still. There almost always is a struggle & as a result the females nose gets injured. It’ll heal & become pinkish in colour.
If you see a Otter with a pinkish nose,it’s female.
The wind has been strong the last few days. Whenever it gets that way,I stay in. I saw a clearing coming on the satellite & thought I’d go out to the beach & wait for the light?
I waited about a hour & a half. The light came out yes,but briefly at best! These shots show how dramatically the light was changing. I shot all of these within 60 minutes of each other.
Always a mix bag when stormy weather moves in!