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It was another great day on the water. With cloudy skies and calm seas, we set out in search of wildlife. The past week has been full of Humpback Whales so we were eager to see if we could find some more today.

For our morning tour, we ventured East of the Victoria Harbour onto the Strait of Juan de Fuca, we did not have to wait long until we spotted some blows in the distance. We had arrived on scene with some Humpback Whales.

Humpback Whale
A Humpback Whale. Photo taken by Naturalist Gord with a zoom lens & heavily cropped

As we watched we got a good look and some good photos of the tail of the whales. The sun seemed to melt away clouds and provided us with a beautiful glimmer on the water.

For our afternoon trip, we were heading into the same direction, hoping the Humpback Whales were still around. Again, we got lucky and spotted two Humpbacks eating herring – a very interesting sighting! Heading back to the direction of Victoria, we discovered a black dorsal fin in the setting sun – Transient Killer Whales!

Killer Whale
Killer Whale on the horizon. Photo by Skipper Bennit.

It was the giant male Killer Whale T19B, also known as ‘Galiano’, playing with T37A’s . What an amazing afternoon.

We finished our tours by exploring Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. There we saw the usual crew of Steller and California Sea Lions, as well as Harbour Seals. What a wonderful day on the water with so much wildlife.

Check out our Facebook album for the passenger photos from today’s tours.

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