Every year in late February and into early March, the waters around Vancouver Island come alive with seiners, gill-netters, sea-lions, seals, eagles, and all varieties of shorebirds. (not to mention a few photographers too ;). They're all here for the annual herring spawning season. Schools of millions of herring come into the Salish Sea to spawn on the rocky beaches, turning the waters a milky turquoise. The sea-lions hunt the herring in packs, surfacing like porpoises. The birds are everywhere, eating the eggs on the beaches. It's a veritable explosion of life after a long cold winter. Here are a few of my pictures from some days I spent trying to capture some of this year's action.