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Victoria Whale Watching Report: Pantera the Humpback Whale!

August 31, 2019


The morning was foggy and mysterious, but the crew on the Pacific Explorer today were determined to find the guests some of the esteemed Salish Sea mammals.

It wasn’t long into the trip when we came across a few Humpback Whales. These animals are usually solitary when they are in our area, but when the food is good we can sometimes see these animals travel in pairs! The one whale we had visited today is named Pantera, who is a regular to the waters around Victoria. Pantera was travelling with a friend, who we were unable to identify on this trip. Humpback whales can a bit tricky to find in the fog, but a good sign that they are around is listening for their breath; something that we got to experience on this trip.

After spending time with the Humpbacks we made our way to Race Rocks where we got to experience the Pinnipeds of the Salish Sea. Here the rocks were covered in Steller Sea Lions, Californian Sea Lions and Harbour Seals. The area can get quite stinky because of these animals and their sweat.

Harbour Seals are a true seal, meaning they have a fused hip bone and an inner ear, whereas sea lions are an eared seal. This means that the eared seal has an outer ear flap and a ball and socket hip joint; this hip joint makes it very easy for the sea lions to walk and navigate on land.

We were greeted by sunshine and warm weather once we got back to the dock this afternoon!



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