Victoria Whale Watching Report: Split Fin the Humpback Whale
August 4, 2019
With our group, excited and eager to get on the water, we boarded the Catalina Adventure. This boat is a 95 passenger vessel with many great viewing opportunities.
While journeying and searching the Juan De Fuca Strait we came across a Humpback Whale in the distance. As we waiting and watched the whale moved closer to the boat while we maintained our legal distance requirement. This whale is a popular whale to the Salish Sea and is known as Split Fin. Split fin, like its name, says, has a split dorsal fin, making identifying this whale particularly easy.
Split Fin out on a good show, lunging and showing us its tail very frequently. Humpback Whales are identified by the back side of their fluke. The colouring and the trailing edge combine to make a thumbprint for the whale. Once they are ID’d they are given a cute human name to help remember who they are.
After hanging out with the whale we made a brief pass through Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Here we saw seals, sea lions and a nesting pair of bald eagles!
It was a great morning, with great people, and experiences we are not likely soon to forget.