© Five Star Whale Watching/Andrew Lees. Image — A North Pacific Humpback Whale mother and her calf seen surfacing together west of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve today.
This afternoon we headed into Juan De Fuca Strait to search for animals. We travelled southwest and found two humpback whales west of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, travelling west through the Strait.
We discovered the pair was a mother and calf; always a wonderful encounter! Humpbacks like these have migrated thousands of miles from their winter breeding and calving grounds in southern latitudes. They have come here to feed for the summer months. Calves can feed independently at six months old, but may nurse for up to a year. We saw magnificent blows as the whales travelled together. This was one of two mother/calf pairings we have seen in the Salish Sea this year.
On our way back east to Victoria, we stopped at Race Rocks. We saw a bald eagle with its unmistakable brown and white plumage, perched on some rocks.
We had a fantastic day today seeing this pair of humpback whales and experiencing the Salish Sea!
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