© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — A Humpback Whale lifts its massive fluke prior to taking a deep dive southwest of Victoria this morning.
Humpback Whales in the Strait
We had a great day in the Salish Sea experiencing some wonderful and massive baleen whales!
In the morning, we headed southwest of the harbour. While in Juan de Fuca Strait, we decided to make a stop at Constance Bank. This is an ocean bank where food and nutrients may be concentrated in shallow areas.
We listened and watched for any signs of animals, and our patience was rewarded! We heard an animal as it surfaced; it was a Humpback Whale! This animal was massive, and we were fortunate to spot two more individuals of the species before our trip was over.
In the afternoon, southwest of Victoria before Race Rocks, is where we encountered a massive Humpback Whale. We were excited to see these Humpbacks surface and dive today, lifting their massive tail prior to each deep dive. This behaviour is “tail-fluking” and allows us to see the massive size of these tails and the individual patterning.
At Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, southwest of Victoria, we spotted more Salish Sea species. Throughout the day, we were fortunate to see a California Sea Lions, a majestic Bald Eagle, Harbour seals and many marine birds. We were happy to show our guests some more diversity the Salish Sea has to offer.
We had two fantastic and memorable trips today, witnessing a number of animals! Humpback Whales are some of the largest whales in the world, and it is amazing to hear their thunderous breaths and get an understanding of their magnificent size.
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