Victoria Whale Watching Report: Humpbacks, The Discovery Island Wolf & More!
September 26, 2019
Today we decided to head east to scour the coastlines of both Canada and the United States through the San Juan Islands.
First passing by Trial Island, a place rich with exotic plant life. Those who keep this lighthouse are amongst the few people prohibited on this island step foot on the island. This exclusiveness is due to the limited areas around the island to avoid contact with the rare plant species. The name of this island was said to originate from the previous practice of sailing of naval ships around the island to test out refitted British naval ships for seaworthiness. Soon after passing Trial came Discovery Island, an area owned by the Songhees nations and once inhabited for the Seabird lighthouse. The island is now only inhabited by a lone wolf, named Takaya. With no fresh water on the island, he created a well for himself by digging a 7ft hole and he feeds off of seals, deer mice, and eggs. This lone wolf first showed up in 2012 and has remained ever since.
We took a quick glimpse for the wolf and with no luck, we continued the tour to the southern end of San Juan island. With San Juan coming in to view we could quickly see big tall billowy blows. This indicates to us that there were a couple of humpbacks together. Once we had approached the duo we realized they were busy feeding.
The two dipped back and forth to different bait balls and lunge fed for a while. It came to a point when watching the whales where we could predict where the animals were going to come up next.
As a large group of birds gathered together then would scatter quickly before the humpbacks lunged out of the water. We sat and watched the two happy humpbacks feed and dive for a while before having to head back towards Victoria!