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MORNING TOUR

There was a welcoming, cool breeze in the air as we headed out on our 10:00 am covered vessel trip. Our search area for this morning was east towards the US border. We scooted along the coastline of Victoria’s suburbs and begun our tour with a viewing of Harbour Seals peacefully resting on the rocks of Trial Island. We continued on and soon we found ourselves at the entrance of Haro Straight. The water was beautifully flat, perfect searching conditions.

Humpback Whales
Photo of Humpback Whales taken by Captain Yves with a zoomed lens and heavily cropped.

With the USA’s San Juan Island on our right we made our way north and then there it was, a blow. We slowed down and were met with an adult Humpback Whale, arching it’s back, we could get a gist of its impressive size. The still morning was punctuated by the sound of the Humpback’s exhale and all on-board appreciated the grace of this Baleen Whale. On the way back to the west we stopped off again to view the Harbour Seals and this time were greeted by some pelagic cormorants. A great way to up our species count and end the morning.

Humpback Whale
Photo of Humpback Whales taken by Captain Yves with a zoomed lens and heavily cropped.

AFTERNOON TOUR

We still had the Humpback on our mind as we headed out on the Marauder IV’s afternoon voyage. We headed east again with reports that the Humpback Whale from earlier was still in the area, only a bit further north. We crossed our fingers & toes and moved north up the Haro straight once again.  Just south of Pender Island, we were in luck and there was not just one but two Humpback Whales! The surfacing of these animals were framed by the sight of Mt. Baker in the distance. They were both going for periodic deep dives and everyone on board got to see the flicks of their tails and they dived under.

Humpback Whales
Photo of Humpback Whales taken by Captain Yves with a zoomed lens and heavily cropped.

On one particular decent you could even see the gooseneck barnacles hanging off the end of one of the flukes.  It’s amazing how these Crustaceans attach themselves to migrating marine mammals. A more in-depth chat about Humpback Whales was had on the journey back and by the time we arrived at the harbour the Humpback Whale certainly had more champions.

Humpback Whales
Photo of Humpback Whales taken by Captain Yves with a zoomed lens and heavily cropped.

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