Bigg’s Transient Whale and Humpback
Transient Whale on the afternoon tour. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

Afternoon Tour

Heading out of Victoria Harbour there was reports of whales within our searchable area. We turned East and travelled along the Oak Bay coastline towards the USA border.

Transient Killer Whale
Bigg’s (Transient) Killer Whale. Photo by Naturalist Laas, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

We caught up with T124C, a lone, male, Bigg’s (Transient) Killer Whale gracefully making his way north along the coast of Lime Kiln protected area. A notch in his large dorsal fin makes him a very distinctive whale to identify.

Bigg's Killer Whale
Transient Whale on the afternoon tour. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

If one whale wasn’t enough we headed south to reports of a Humpback Whale in the area. The blow was unmistakable and we spent some time viewing the impressive animal. Heading back feeling very satisfied with our pleasant afternoon on the water we enjoyed a marine mammal talk contrasting the differences between the two animals we saw. A toothed and baleen whale day!

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale on the afternoon tour. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

Evening Tour

Exiting the Victoria Harbour on a bright, crisp evening a decision was made to search the coastline to the West. Always a good place to start, the coastline often harbours some of the whales’ favourite food and, like humans, whales often think with their stomach. All was quiet so we moved into the deeper waters of the Salish Sea. A couple of porpoising porpoise were spotted racing through the water. We arrived at Race Rocks for a spectacular sunset. The sky was a violet backdrop to the lighthouse and the distant Olympic Mountains. Harbour seals were hauled out and a California Sea Lion gave us a big splash as it headed into the water. It was a beautiful way to spend an evening.

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale on the afternoon tour. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

 

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