© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — A large Humpback Whale about to make a deep dive in the Strait of Juan de Fuca
Humpback Whale, Seals and Sea Lions
Beginning our afternoon tour off we headed out south of Victoria into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Reaching Constance Bank area, we encountered a large Humpback Whale! Often referred to as “Gentle Giants”, these large baleen whales that can reach up to 50ft long, seem to effortlessly glide through the water. When combined with their graceful 10-15ft wide tail flukes when they are going into a deep dive, it is easy to see why they have such a nickname!
After our time with this Humpback Whale we headed towards Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to check out the marine life that can be found there. Here we got to see Califonia Sea Lions, Stellar Sea Lions and a large Northern Elephant Seal!
This all made for another wonderful afternoon out on the Salish Sea. It is always an awesome time getting to show people these spectacular species first hand!