The pilot boat leaving the side of a small Tokyo Marine freighter, having returned control of the ship to its captain and allowing it to proceed down the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Pacific Ocean. As it is everywhere,local pilots guide ships out of ports until they can safely proceed on their own.
This ship was passing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, at the southern tip of Vancouver Island.
In the background are the Olympic Mountains of Washington State, USA.
Taken Feb. 5, 2010
Fuji S100FS, lens at approximately 350 mm.