Victoria Whale Watching Report: Breaching Humpback Whale!
October 19, 2019
It was a windy afternoon on the Juan de Fuca Strait with white caps whipping up in all directions. Fortunately, whales exhale really high into the air, so we are still able to find them on choppy waters. We cruised the shoreline west towards Race Rocks Lighthouse. We went right into the islands so that we could get excellent views of the huge Steller Sea Lions and their smaller cousins, the California Sea Lions.
Some were enjoying the turbulent waters around the islands while others decided to rest on the rocky shores. We also spotted Harbour Seals basking in the windy conditions above the deep blue. Dark, stormy clouds made Race Rocks Lighthouse look stunning and ancient. It has been weathering these conditions for almost 159 years!
We left Race Rocks and found humpback whales to the south!
We spent time with at least three different whales, with a mother and calf always swimming and surfacing side-by-side.
The whales seem to enjoy rougher seas, spendings lots of time at the surface and playing in the big waves.
The calf was really enjoying itself as it breached fully out of the water!
Check out the photos on our Flickr page! He or she really launched out of the water and landed with a giant crash!
We also witnessed a round of powerful tail slaps and chin-ups as they gulped food at the surface.
This tour was a very cool experience with whales in the wavy seas!