Humpback Whales side by side. Photo by Naturalist Emma, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.
It was mysteriously, foggy out on the water this morning. As we travelled south the Olympic mountains began to break through the fluffy cloud giving us a beautiful backdrop to our search. At first we found a single Humpback taking rather long dives for its breakfast so decided to leave it to forage and headed over to another couple of Humpback whales that were a little more lively.
They were beautifully in sync, swimming side by side. They fluke were lifted high into the air and pushed back down into the water before they too went on a search for food. Race Rocks Ecological Reserve was very atmospheric as we passed by.
A harbour seal was flopping around on a rock, positioned quite high up from the water due to the low tide. California and Steller Sea Lions lay out at the base of the lighthouse appearing very picturesque. A successful morning out in the Pacific Northwest.
The atmospheric fog still hung in the air as we headed out on the water for the afternoon but that did not curb our searching efforts. We headed south and found a Humpback whale just as it was taking its deep dive, flicking its tail into the air.
We waited for it to reappear but it must have been too happy chowing down on a shoal of fish to come and see us again so we continued on. This time we found a Humpback whale that tended towards the surface which made for some great viewing.
As it lifted it’s fluke into the air to go down into the ocean depths for nourishment, we waved goodbye and cruised backed to Victoria in a beautifully, atmospheric haze.
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