© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — A North Pacific Humpback Whale lifts its massive fluke as it takes a deep dive, seen south of Victoria in Juan de Fuca Strait this afternoon.
North Pacific Humpback Whales
We embarked south out of Victoria this afternoon, into Juan de Fuca Strait. It is here we encountered our first whale, a juvenile Humpback Whale!
This whale was exhibiting playful behaviour. We saw its large pectoral fins extend straight into the air before the whale slapped them back down onto the surface of the water. These pectoral fins are about 1/3 the length of the entire whale’s body.
All of the sudden, this whale threw its body out of the water and breached with a loud clap! We were able to see the entire body of this massive whale. The Humpback lifted its tail fluke all the way out of the water as it took deep dives; these flukes have unique, individual patterning (like a fingerprint).
We decided to travel south and search for more wildlife! At Ediz Hook in Port Angeles, we were fortunate to come across two more Humpback Whales! This was a mother and calf pair, who had travelled all the way from tropical grounds to feed in the Salish Sea. We were excited to see some more tail-fluking as the whales dove. Before heading home, we glimpsed two beautiful Bald Eagles perched on the rocks!
It was a fantastic day in the Salish Sea visiting this exciting trio of gentle giants and other wildlife.
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