October 5 – Humpbacks in the Salish Sea

© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — A Humpback whale tail waterfall as it fluked during our trip today.

Humpback Whales

Nothing compares to watching multiple gentle giants! We headed south for our trip today and encountered multiple Humpback whales feeding in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The whales we saw today can engulf more than 2500 litres of food and water in one go. It is always mesmerizing to watch these 40 tonne animals traverse the Salish Sea waters ever so gently with their over 45 feet long bodies. Just astounding! We also got to see their massive tail flukes as the whales lifted them out of the water to go for deeper dives. As they do so, water trickles down their tail flukes like a beautiful waterfall(pictured above).

We also stopped at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to see more marine mammals found in the Salish Sea. There we found both adult and juvenile Harbour seals, male California and Steller sea lions, and two Northern Elephant seals. We are very fortunate to have such great biodiversity of animals that call Salish Sea their home.

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

October 5 – Humpback Whales

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