© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — A young Humpback Whale calf surfaces next to its mother with dorsal fins visible, a few miles north of Port Angeles this afternoon.
We began our journey this afternoon by heading south out of the Victoria harbour. We ended up just a few miles north of Port Angeles in Juan de Fuca Strait. It is here we came across some very special animals.
We were excited to see two Humpback Whales! One was large, and the other quite small. This was a mother and calf Humpback Whale. Small is not necessarily small, as newborns may measure 3.5-5 feet long and weight up to a ton! This juvenile was so young that it was still dependent on its mothers milk. We saw the animals surface together, and even spotted one animal’s bumpy head covered in tubercles.
We decided to head west to search for some more animals. We encountered another adult Humpback Whale. The whale was “logging”, meaning it was resting or sleeping near the top of the water. We were able to see the massive size of this adult as it surfaced often.
We made a stop at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve where we were able to see a moulting male Elephant Seal as well as some Harbour seals (including pups). It was a great day for seeing juvenile animals!
We had a fantastic day today filled with many exciting species!
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