May 17, 2017 – Humpback Whales
May 17, 2017
We departed the harbour and transited slightly southeast towards Constance Bank, scanning the waters for cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). The MV Pacific Explorer shifted to a southern direction transiting across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Off the waterfront of Port Angles on the Olympic Penisula, we encountered a humpback whale displaying a wide range of social behaviours. We witnessed spyhops, pectoral fluke waving, and cartwheels. Additionally, we observed the humpback whale defecate as it dove off the stern of the MV Pacific Explorer and experienced some foul smelling breath. It was a magnificent trip with this comeback champion.
We departed the harbour and transited southwest to three nautical miles south of Race Rocks Marine Ecological Reserve in search of a humpback whale that was reported in the area. Passengers and crew on board of the MV Pacific Explorer scanned the waters in search of the reported humpback whale prior to the vessel transiting to waters further southeast in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We encountered a humpback whale that seemed to be actively foraging with longer dives and shorter surfacing patterns. Therefore, we left the animal to continue foraging and proceeded to a humpback whale off of Port Angles. We had an opportunity to watch a humpback whale that was surface active with a wide range of vessels. We then transited back to Victoria following a wonderful afternoon on the water with a comeback champion.