Humpback Whales & Race Rocks Ecological Reserve
August 25, 2017
Today was humpback whales galore! This morning we departed heading towards the scenic Olympic mountain range in search of marine mammals. Hugging the Vancouver Island shoreline, we stopped at Race Rocks Marine Ecological Reserve to check out the abundance of male California and Steller sea lions spotting the rocks as well as Ollie the Sea Otter grooming himself in the kelp. After spending time with one gargantuan humpback whale we found a local favourite, Split Fin! Split Fin is an 11 year old humpback that we see consistently every year with his uniquely shaped dorsal fin! Split Fin was travelling with another whale and we got to see them at bring up their tail flukes one after another.
This afternoon was sunny and clear with lots of visibility to see the blows of humpbacks. We couldn’t believe how many whales we found! We got to see 7 different humpbacks feeding as we made our way around the Juan de Fuca Strait. At Race Rocks Ecological Reserve we were marvelling at how high up the California sea lions were climbing up the rocks and how loud the Steller sea lions were roaring. Ollie the sea otter was basking in the kelp forest as we headed out of the reserve. A great west coast wildlife day!