© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — A Humpback Whale dives and flukes its tail southwest of Victoria this morning.
We had an exciting day on the water with various Humpback Whales! This morning, afternoon and evening we headed in directions southwest of Victoria into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This is where we began our search!
In the morning, while we headed southwest from Victoria, we encountered some Humpback Whales. These are gentle giants that frequent the Salish Sea in summer months in order to feed on the high density of food in the area. In the afternoon we witnessed a very exciting Humpback Whale southwest as well. In the evening, we encountered this species as we headed west. It is not always we witness the same species in a similar area, and we were fortunate to see these massive whales throughout the day.
We even got the opportunity to see tail-fluking from these individuals. This is always exciting as we see the large and unique tail flukes of each Humpback Whale as it raises them clear above the surface. These flukes may be all white or mottled and act as a fingerprint for each whale. We saw and heard the whales’ thunderous blows as they broke the surface several times. Humpbacks are one of the largest whales in the world!
On all three of our trips, we were lucky to be able to make a stop at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve while out west, to spot some more creatures. We were fortunate to see various pinnipeds like Steller Sea Lions, California Sea Lions and Harbour seals. Some of these animals were hauled out on the rocks while some were seen swimming in the water!
This was a fantastic and diverse day witnessing some massive whales and other unique marine mammals.
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