Victoria Whale Watching Report: Breaching Humpback Whale!
September 26, 2019
This morning we headed into the Juan De Fuca Strait to see what wildlife we could find!
Our first stop today was at Race Rocks ecological reserve. Here is where we saw Harbour Seals, Steller’s Sea Lions, and California Sea Lions. They were hauled out on the rocks and swimming around the area. The Steller’s Sea Lions are larger and lighter in colouration than the California’s. All of the sea lions in this area are males and are here for 10 months of the year. The remaining 2 months are spent going off to mate.
The lighthouse here was built in 1860 and is the second oldest lighthouse in the Canadian Pacific. It is no longer manned but there is a woman who lives here to act as a Guardian of the reserve.
As we left Race Rocks, we encountered a Humpback Whale! These animals are here from Spring until Fall and use our waters as their feeding grounds. At the end of the Fall, they will travel South to their breeding grounds in places such as Mexico and Hawaii. This particular whale was going on long dives, so we decided to keep travelling to see what else we could find!
After a short time of travelling, we stopped to scan around the area. As we were doing so, we spotted two Humpback Whales BREACHING in the distance! We rushed over in hopes they would still be doing so when we arrived. Luckily, when we got to where they were, they were still breaching. We were fortunate enough to see them do this several times. What an incredible sight to see. We stuck around to watch several breathing cycles, before making our way back to Victoria.
We headed back to the dock after a beautiful morning at sea!