© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — Two Humpback Whales surface near Port Angeles this morning; visible in the photo is one whale’s dorsal fin and another’s blowholes.
We experienced a great morning out on the Salish Sea. We began our journey by heading south out of Victoria, towards Port Angeles, Washington. While in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, we encountered some large whales!
We were first observed two large Humpback whales as they travelled beside each other. The animals surfaced together and gave us a chance to hear and see their impressive, thunderous blows as they exhaled. It is always a spectacular encounter seeing these massive giants of the deep; they are one of the largest baleen whales in the world and weigh up to 40 tons. We even saw these whales lift their massive tails into the air while they dove; this is called “tail-fluking”.
While in the Strait, we saw another Humpback! This individual, however, was a juvenile. The animal was smaller and was travelling alone. Humpback Whales usually separate from their mothers after their first year.
We travelled on west towards Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to take a look at some more animals. Here we found California Sea Lions, large male Elephant Seals and a Bald Eagle! We had a fantastic time seeing such a number and diversity of species today.
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