© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — The dorsal fin of a Humpback Whale near Constance Bank.
To begin our morning tour we left the Victoria Harbour and headed southwest into the Strait of Juan De Fuca towards Constance Bank.
Upon reach the Constance Bank area we encountered not just one, but a few Humpback Whales! This bank is a large underwater sea mount and causes nutrients from deeper in the column to be pushed up higher, nutrient loading area and making it a hot spot for these large baleen whale’s food, Krill and small schooling fish. Despite these animals eating such small animals they are the largest whales that are commonly seen in the Salish Sea, with females reaching up to 50ft long. When these animals go down into a deep dive we also are treated with seeing their large tail flukes.
It is always wonderful to be able to share how graceful these gentle giants are with our group and made for an awesome day.