May 5th – Humpback Whale Out West

© Five Star Whale Watching. Image — A Humpback whale going for a deeper dive just southwest of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve today.

Humpback Whale

We headed out west for our trip today and found the biggest cetacean that visits the Salish Sea — a Humpback whale.

Humpback whales are baleen whales. Instead of teeth, they use their keratin-based baleen plates that hang off the upper jaw to filter fish out of the water. Humpbacks feed on the smallest food sources, including krill, Pacific herring, and Pacific pilchard.

We found this humpback close to areas with large seabird congregations, which are often indicative of bait balls underwater. Seabirds corral fish that results in tighter and tigher schools of fish, which Humpbacks love to devour.

After spending time with the humpback, we headed towards Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to view more diving birds, surface-feeding birds, as well as pinnipeds. We also found 4-5 Northern elephant seals that were moulting on the ramp at the ecological reserve.

To view more images from today’s trip, click on the following link.

May 5th – Humpback Whale Out West

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