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Morning Tour

A beautiful day on the water began with the sun shining and fantastic ocean conditions. We set out on our search to the South not knowing exactly what we would find. There have been Humpback Whales and Killer Whales (Orcas) in the area so there was a chance of either species. But first we had to find them.

Humpback Whale
A Humpback Whale’s breathe lingers over the surface before the whale goes back underwater. Photo by Naturalist Stefania, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

We found a Humpback Whale in the middle of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, near the Canada USA border. We enjoyed the Humpback Whales presence and had a good look at each part of its body from head to tail as it glided through the water. After such a great success we decided to continue our search in the direction of Race Rocks. There we found Seal and Sea Lions. Their barks were entertaining. We even got to see two males fighting, it was like a real life nature documentary. What an awesome morning.

Sea Lions fighting
Two Sea Lions practicing fighting for when they will need to fight for access to females. Photo by Naturalist Emma. Photo taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

Afternoon Tours

In the afternoon we ventured South in hopes of finding a Humpback Whale in the same area as the morning. Some times if the feeding is good the whales will hang around in the same spot for a while. Unfortunately that was not the case. We took a good look around before heading out west. Working together with other whale watching boats meant that we had information that there was a Humpback Whale in that direction. Before long we sighted the whale. It was breathing and diving down below the surface.

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale tail. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with a zoom lens and heavily cropped.

After viewing the Humpback Whale we had an update from another whale watching boat. There were Transient Killer Whales to the North. We set off in that direction and had a quick look at the T46B’s. The animals were hunting close to shore so we left them to their hunt while we carried on back towards Victoria. The extensive search meant that we had a lot of ground to cover. We still had time to stop in at Race Rocks and had a good look at the Seals and Sea Lions before returning to the Victoria Harbour. What an exciting trip with new animals at every turn!

T46 B Transient Orcas
T46B’s Transient Orcas, including T’Luk, T46B1B, the gray baby Orca.

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