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Victoria Whale Watching Report: Grey Whale, Seals & More

May 8, 2019

The weather continues to be beautiful and sunny in Victoria, and we have had very flat calm conditions on the water making for awesome searching conditions. The whale watching vessels from all different companies fanned out in different directions to search for whales, seals, sea lions and marine birds.

One of our zodiacs decided to cross the Juan de Fuca Strait and search the shorelines of the Olympic Peninsula. It turned out to be a great decision.

 

We found a Grey Whale feeding in the shallow waters of Crescent Bay!

 

This whale was found yesterday in this location and decided to stick around and continue eating along the shallow shoreline.

Grey Whales are a special sighting in our area as most of the population tends to be a bit further north of us. Even more special is the fact that there were once less than 1000 Grey Whales left in the entire world due to extreme whaling pressure. Now the population has grown to approximately 20,000 since being protected. It was very humbling to watch this giant of the sea peacefully foraging along the shoreline, knowing that we were so close to their extinction.

After visiting the Grey Whale, we headed northeast towards Race Rocks Lighthouse, a must visit when we are west of Victoria.

Here we spotted the fluffy, blonde face and big black nose that belongs to Ollie, the only ea otter in our area! Ollie has been showing off his ability to use rocks as tools, cracking the shells of this prey against a rock on his chest so that he can extract the meat inside.

Other furry creatures call this area home as well, including a molting Northern Elephant Seal that was galumphing along the concrete pad of the boat ramp! Several Elephant Seals were born at Race Rocks this past winter and can be seen here frequently.

We also watched as the Californa and Steller Sea Lions enjoyed the low tide, resting on the seaweed and soaking up the heat on the stairs. The Harbour Seals continue to grow in size as the females get closer and closer to pupping season which starts in the middle of June. Sunny skies and a light breeze carried us back to port.

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