Cruising the Coast
Humpback Whale going for a dive. Photo by Naturalist Emma, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

Morning

We set out from the harbour under sunny skies with light winds. Before long we found ourselves some Transient Killer Whales. They were just South West of the Harbour, near Metchosin.

Transient Killer Whales
Transient Killer Whale. Photo by Naturalist Emma, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

We watched as the Killer Whales swam along, blowing at the surface and showing their large dorsal fins above the blue waters.

We then ventured out beyond Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. There we found multiple Humpback Whales.

Humpback Whale spout
Humpback Whale spouts. Photo by Naturalist Emma, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

The whales were so magical to watch. Their large backs breaking the surface and their 2m (6 ft) tall blows stretching above the surface of the water.

Afternoon

We departed the harbour hoping to find some more amazing wildlife. We were in luck. As we rounded Ogden Point at the mouth of the harbour we saw the black triangular fins of Killer Whales. There were Transient Killer Whales cruising along just off of Dallas Road, very close to the coastline. Probably searching for a seal to eat.

Transient Killer Whales
Transient Killer Whales. Photo by Naturalist Emma, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

We followed them off the coast before heading out to sea to see if we could find ourselves a humpback. As we made our way west we found some blows in the distance, a pair of Humpback Whales. We had a good look as the animals swam close to the surface.

Humpback Whales
Humpback Whales. Photo by Naturalist Emma, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

Then in the distance we saw a few more blows at the surface. We ventured onward to investigate. We found two more Humpback Whales! How amazing to be surrounded by them. The whales flipped up their tails before going for a deep dive and we waved goodbye before heading back to the Victoria Harbour.  A wonderful day all around.

Humpback Whale tail
Humpback Whale tail. Photo by Naturalist Emma, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

 

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