Victoria Whale Watching Report: Grey Whale & Race Rocks Ecological Reserve
May 7, 2019
It was a far ride this morning over to Crescent Bay along the Washington Peninsula. We thought we would look for the Grey Whale that was foraging in the shallow bay yesterday.
We kept our eyes peeled for other wildlife on the way and were able to spot Harbour Porpoises surfacing along the way.
One we got to Crescent Bay, we spotted a Grey Whale, the rarest of all the species that we can see!
This whale was clearly using the shallow bay to sift up small creatures to eat like mysids, tube worms and small copepods. Grey Whales are very special as they were hunted to the brink of extinction. Dwindled down to fewer than 1000 animals when whaling was finally banned, they have recovered to 20,000 in the Pacific!
After a wonderful visit with the Grey Whale, we travelled back to the Canadian side to visit Race Rocks Lighthouse where this iconic black and white striped tower has been standing guard since 1860.
We were excited to find the furball we call Ollie, our one and only sea otter!
We also spotted Harbour Seals, including some very pregnant females. And we could not miss the massive and noisy sea lions including both the Steller and California species. Race Rocks is loaded with interesting wildlife, making for a perfect ending to our trip!