© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — A Humpback Whale’s caudal peduncle is visible as it lifts its massive tail out of the water; seen north of Port Angeles this morning
We travelled south in search for whales today, into Juan de Fuca Strait. We had almost reached Port Angeles, and were a few miles north, when we spotted a Humpback Whale!
The whale was travelling throughout Juan de Fuca Strait. We heard and saw the whale’s loud blows, which can reach 10-20 feet in height. Suddenly, the whale decided to breach spectacularly and give us an amazing view of its entire body, landing with a thunderous clap. This is an incredible sight as Humpback Whales reach sizes between 49-60 feet and can weigh up to 40 tons. It is not known exactly why whales breach; they may be communicating with each other and/or clearing their skin of parasites. This is always a thrilling and unique behaviour to witness!
We headed south towards home but made a stop at the Chain Islets off of Oak Bay, Victoria. We spotted Harbour seals with newborn pups (we are in the midst of pupping season). We were even fortunate to see a Bald Eagle with its unmistakable brown and white plumage.
We had such an exciting day on the water seeing one of the largest whales in the world as well as other special Salish Sea species.
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