Victoria Whale Watching Report: Double Creature Feature: Killer Whales & Humpback Whales!
October 6, 2019
Chilly mornings greet us this time of year as we embark on adventures to find whales! We left the Victoria Harbour, immediately on the lookout for wildlife. We traveled southwest into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and soon found the largest of all Salish Sea whales- the Humpbacks!
Humpbacks are so majestic as they surface gracefully to breathe, then disappear elegantly back into the deep. With giant tails that can span18 feet (6m) across, they are easy to identify when you can get a shot of the underside of their tail.
We definitely saw Elf and Manta, two very popular humpbacks in the past few weeks for sure!
We then went to visit the characters that live at Race Rocks Lighthouse!
Nothing can put a smile on your face like the sights and sounds of the sea lions! Two different species of sea lions live here- the California and Steller Sea Lions. They love to nip and snarl at each other for the comfiest spot on the rocks. We think they just like to hear themselves make noise! The Harbour Seals are also abundant here, but they are much quieter and do not fight.
We were about out head back to Victoria when we received a report that orcas had just been located! Well, we couldn’t go back without showing our guests these whales! So we extended our trip and headed over to see the amazing orcas of the T18 and T37A families!
Big boy Galiano (T19B) and his younger brother Spouter (T19C) displayed their impressively large dorsal fins. Spouter got a little frisky with one of the females in the T37 family! He was not being very modest in his pursuit!
Orcas mate for pleasure as well as procreation, so maybe we will see a new calf in the T37A family 17 months from now. If we do, we can credit Spouter for the new addition to the population!
It was a fun morning indeed on this Double Creature Feature tour!