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Victoria Whale Watching Report: Harbour Porpoises, Bald Eagles & More

May 22, 2019

Afternoon Tour

A gorgeous afternoon with the sun shining and waters as calm as glass, the Catalina Adventure headed out onto the Juan de Fuca Strait.

As we made our way west to stopped to watch dozens of Harbour Porpoises surfacing as they foraged on small fish. Harbour Porpoises are one of eight species of porpoises in the entire world. We also see Dall’s Porpoises in our area and the two very different species are known to interbreed and produce viable offspring!

The Harbour Porpoise avoid detection by mammal-hunting orcas by vocalizing above the killer whales’ hearing range.

We search far and wide to the west, stopping in Becher Bay where we saw a pair of Bald Eagles, one soaring above the other who was perched atop a very tall tree.

We then cruised along the shoreline until we made it to Race Rocks Lighthouse. We were all enjoying the sights of Ollie, our lone Sea Otter who was napping in a ball among the Bull Kelp. We also spotted Harbour Seals, quietly soaking up the afternoon sun.

What we did not expect to see was a Brown Pelican!

It soared above us and caught our eyes. We rarely ever seen Brown Pelicans and on the rare occasions that we have, it has been in the fall. The pelican came around again and we caught some excellent photos of it soaring with its massive wings spread out and then coming to a halt in the waters off the lighthouse.

We also got to see the Steller and California Sea Lions that were enjoying the shorelines for an afternoon snooze. Despite not finding whales, we did get to enjoy some exciting wildlife and beautiful vistas.

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