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Victoria Whale Watching Report: Humpback Whales, The Picturesque Mount Baker & More!

October 2, 2019

MORNING TOURS

Today we started our tour out by searching southwest of Ogden Point. We were scanning the surface for disturbances like splashes, plumes of misty exhales, or dark fins rising above the surface.

Other sights caught our eye, like the picturesque Mount Baker to the east in Washington.

Mount Baker stands 10,781 ft (3,286 m) tall and boasts the world record for most snowfall. In the winter of 1998-1999, Mount Baker received 1,140 inches (95 feet or 29 meters) of snow! Despite all that snow, it is a stratovolcano found in the Cascade Mountain range. We love to have it as a backdrop to our “office” out here on the Salish Sea!

We eventually spotted humpback whales as we moved a bit further west!

After some good opportunities to get shots of the underside of their tales, we identified Elf.  The second humpback is new to our area as we do not have it in our ID Guide. Welcome to the Salish Sea you giant of the sea!  The number of different humpbacks visiting our area every summer continues to grow.  Their population continues to grow in the North Pacific which is excellent news as we LOVE to see whales!  We were fortunate to pot another humpback during our trip, they seemed to be everywhere!

 

Another great addition to the trip was a stop at Race Rocks Lighthouse.

The lighthouse itself is stunning with its granite construction and stark black-and-white stripes. It stands guard over hundreds of sea lions of both the California and Steller species.  The area is a bit of a bachelor pad with all the males spending 10 months of the year here.

They leave in June and July to charm the ladies and contribute to the next generation of furry pinniped giants!  We also watched the smaller Harbour Seals as they soaked up the fall morning, resting on the rocky shorelines. It was a perfect end to an amazing morning!

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