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Humpback Whales, Orcas & Sea Lions

July 31, 2018

Warm sunny days on the Salish Sea are a dream! Our morning trip took off on the Catalina Adventure, heading southwest into the Strait of Juan de Fuca in search for humpbacks. We saw some tell-tale blows in the distant and pursued the fluke of a diving humpback.

We spent some time watching the humpback whale feed, coming up for periodic breaths before shallow fluke dives. We then cruised on to the Race Rocks, observing the recently returned Steller Sea Lions lounging around on the rocks.

We decided to spend the last bit of our trip catching up with the humpback whale on our way back to Victoria. In that search, we were privileged to see a humpback breach! The whale proceeded to show off, breaching numerous times, pectoral fin slapping and tail waving. This active display was a perfect way to end the trip!

Our afternoon trip group was also greeted with perfect weather and calm water as we set out on the Pacific Explorer. We decided to work our way east towards the San Juan Islands in pursuit of orcas.

We received a radio call about our southern resident J pod swimming off of Hein Bank near San Juan Island. We identified the whales we saw as the members of the subgroup J14. It is incredibly special to see these whales as they are critically endangered. Thank you for coming on this wonderful trip and contributing towards their conservation via the Pacific Salmon Foundation!

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