September 5 – Afternoon with Humpbacks

© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — A Humpback whale’s tail fluke as it went for a dive during our trip today.

Humpback Whales

We had a Humpback galore today in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Everywhere we looked, we saw these gentle giants’ black bodies against the smoggy sky-lit waters. These massive baleen whales can engulf up to 2,500 litres of food and water in one go, when lunge feeding.

It was rather easy for guests to spot their ~20 feet high blows today. Humpbacks are the biggest whales we find in the Salish Sea and they eat the smallest foods. They eat small, shrimp-like crustaceans, called krill, and small schooling fish like: Pacific Herring, Pacific Pilchard, sandlance, and eulachon.

We also saw their massive 15-feet wide tail flukes. The black and white patterns on the undersides of which are used for identifying each Humpback whale. After watching the Humpbacks, we went to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve and saw Harbour seals, California and Steller sea lions, and saw Ollie, the sea otter, floating in bull kelp beds.

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

September 5 – Afternoon Trip

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