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Upon leaving the harbour we moved south and rounded William Head to travel west. After a period of travel time we came across a single Humpback whale. It curved its spine into the characteristic “hump” shape and showed its reduced dorsal fin before, showing its tail and diving down.

Humpback Pectoral wave
A Humpback Whale lifts its front flipper out of the water. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with a zoom lens and heavily cropped.

Next we found 2 more Humpback whales! This time it looked like a juvenile and an adult. They dove simultaneously and it’s was beautiful to see both of their tails out of the water. We made tracks back east and stopped off at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve and Lighthouse. Here we saw a bounty of pinnipeds: seals, Sea Lions and multiple sea birds. Pigeon guillemots squeaked away, the Steller Sea Lions growled and the California Sea Lions barked. A wildlife symphony if you will. The morning was rounded off by a solo bald eagle perched on top of the rocks. An abundance of wildlife was had this morning!

Steller Sea Lion
A Steller Sea Lion growls. Photo by Captain Yves. Image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.


It was a South and then West route we followed before we found ourselves near Sooke and surrounded my Humpbacks. It looked like a well rehearsed water fountain show seeing the blows go up in the air near and far. We watched as many of them went for their deep dives and fluked their tails. From watching one, we went to another and then another! We reckon there was at least 6 of them out there.

Humpback Fluke
A Humpback Whale shows its tail flukes. Photo by Captain Yves. Image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

Then we came across some more animals but not of the same variety as before these were Transient Killer whales. It was the whole T46 family moving as one unit. A very humbling and emotive sight to see this family group travelling in their numbers, the oldest ranging from at least 54 years old and the youngest was born early this year. Not everyday that you get to see at least 3 generations of a Killer Whale family together, they must get along very well! It was certainly an afternoon with the wildlife on top form and in high numbers.

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