© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — A Humpback Whale’s head with its tubercles as well as barnacles attached to its skin.
Humpback Whale, Seals and Sea Lions
Our search for the afternoon trip began with us leaving the Victoria Harbour and heading out southwest towards Constance Bank and Race Rocks Ecological Reserve.
Nearing the Constance Bank we encountered a Humpback! This individual was a juvenile and very surface active which meant we got to see almost every aspect of its body. We saw the head, rostrum, blowholes, dorsal fin, pectoral flippers, tail, even its eye at one point! We also got to see some of this animals “passengers” the barnacles, of which Humpbacks can have 3 different species on them.
After our time observing this young humpback we made our way to Race Rocks Ecological and checked out some of the other marine life of the area. Here we saw Habour Seals, Stellar Sea Lions, Califonia Sea Lions and a Sea Otter!
It was great trip getting to see so much of the elusive Humpback Whale’s form as well as all the pinnipeds that are in the area at this time of year.