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We set sail out of Victoria harbor moving in a southerly direction. It did not take long at all to come across our first animal of the day, a Humpback whale!

A Humpback Whale. Photo taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens & heavily cropped.

 

It appeared to be feeding, mixing up its dive patterns to suit the prey availability. On some occasions we saw it flick its tail up into the air and other times it was very lazy, more of a tail flop.

A Humpback Whale. Photo taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens & heavily cropped

 

After viewing this animal we cruised round to the West, across the border into the USA. Here we found another Humpback whale. It too appeared to have its mind focused on foraging and was going for 15 minute dives.

Off for a dive. A Humpback whale tail. Photo taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens & heavily cropped

 

On deciding to leave this animal to it, we looped round and made a stop at Race Rocks Reserve. Steller Sea and California Sea Lions were present as ever and the Harbour Seal gained some empathetic “awws” from the all on-board as they rested on the rocks.

awwh! Some Harbour Seals relaxing. Photo taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens & heavily cropped.

 

On our way back to Victoria we caught back up with our first Humpback of the day! It was still focused on filling its belly but we managed to catch a couple of beautiful tail raises before we headed home.

A Humpback Whale going for a deep dive. Photo taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens & heavily cropped.
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