Big Splashes and Peaceful Strolls
A humpback whale making a big splash! Photo taken by Captain Yves with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

It was a beautiful afternoon, the sky was clear and the water was nearly completely flat. We had word that there were animals sighted southeast of Victoria so we motored off in that direction. We quickly came upon two animals, humpback whales making nearly synchronized dives to find food. Despite being in relatively shallow water, they still showed off their beautiful tail flukes as they made deeper dives. We stayed with them for a while before they started moving west. In the distance we saw blows indicating that there was another whale in that direction. It seemed maybe they were all coming together to meet up.

Humpback whale tail
A humpback whale’s flukes. Photo taken by Captain Yves with zoom lens and heavily cropped.
A couple humpback whales
Two humpback whales breathing at the surface. Photo taken by Captain Yves with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

We moved with the other two animals for a while before breaking off to meet up with the single humpback in the distance. As we approached we saw some larger splashes as it was slapping its tail on the surface of the water. As we pulled up we were even more surprised as it jumped into the air, creating a massive splash as it slammed its body on to the surface. Afterwards its mood seemed to change. It started moving slowly and calmly north swimming just beneath the surface. Luckily we were heading in the same direction! We motored along quietly next to the animal, watching as it peacefully came to the surface over and over again. We made it back to the harbour feeling excited to see such big splashes and peaceful to join in a tranquil stroll.

Tail slap
A humpback whale performing a tail slap! Photo taken by Captain Yves with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

 

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