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MORNING TOURS

It was a gloriously sunny summer’s day here in Victoria as we set off on our morning voyage. It took only 30 minutes of travel to the South to find a Humpback whale, a local to the area called “Scratchy”. Scratchy the Humpback whale was lolling around in the water surface feeding, rolling onto its back and sides, opening its mouth to try and taken in as much prey as possible. The Humpback whale even stuck its pectoral fin out in the air during the feed.

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale. Photo by Naturalist Emma. Image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

Our next species we caught up with were Transient Killer Whales! It was the family group T46Bs travelling very fast in a tight knit group. A stop at Race Rocks topped off a magical morning where we saw: Steller Sea lions, California Sea lions, Harbour Seals, three Elephant Seals and two Bald Eagles. It was a wildlife dense morning with perfect sea conditions and smiley faces all round.

Stellar Sea Lion
Stellar Sea Lion. Photo by Naturalist Emma. Image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

AFTERNOON TOURS

The beautiful weather continued into the afternoon and with it the wildlife was still hanging out in Salish Sea. We stopped off first with the Transient Killer Whales, south near the Washington coastline. It was the T46Bs from this morning still travelling together but a little spaced out this time, the intensity of their pace had been turned down a notch. A highlight was one of the younger juvenile breaching out the water on occasion, full of beans!

Pod of Orcas
Transient Whales. Photo by Naturalist Emma. Image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

Continuing along the Washington coastline in an Easterly direction we added another species of whale to our watching: a Humpback. It was feeding and diving; this solitary animal was an interesting contrast to see from the social Transient Killer whales. Another great trip!

Humpback Whale Tail
Humpback Whale tail. Photo by Naturalist Emma. Image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

For more photos from today’s tours check out our Facebook album here.

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