Victoria Whale Watching Report: Multiple Humpback Whales & Furry Friends At Race Rocks!
October 3, 2019
10 AM TOUR
Today was a beautiful fall morning on the west coast with moody clouds and slivers of sunlight poking through the grey skies. With so much activity west of the city, we started our search with the Olympic Mountains on our left and Vancouver Island on our right. It was no long before we spotted a dark body stretching above the surface of the water- it was Titan the humpback whale!
Titan is a humpback that we have seen many times this season. He or she has been feasting in the food-rich waters of the Juan de Fuca Strait.
Titan needs to put on about 17 tons of fat in order to complete his or her journey to warmer waters in Costa Rica, Mexico or Hawaii before returning to the Pacific Northwest again to begin the feeding process all over again. Humpbacks migrate to warmer waters where they mate and give birth to their young.
As we were close to Race Rocks Lighthouse, we cruised slowly through the islands where we spotted a handsome Bald Eagle atop one of the islands.
He or she is the first eagle we have seen in weeks as they spend more time around the rivers, catching salmon that are heading upstream to spawn. Hundreds upon hundreds of California and Steller Sea Lions caught our full attention as they roared, growled, barked and waved their huge flippers in the air. Harbour Seals also live in the area, but they are much smaller and quieter than the sea lions.
The whale sightings were not over as we spotted more animals to the southeast of the lighthouse! They were all around in fact and we first identified Elf and his or her companion as of late. But we don’t know who this friend is as we cannot find its fluke in any of our ID books.
We spotted another well-known humpback named Stitch in another direction. Stitch has been seen throughout the summer and has become somewhat of a favourite amongst the whale watchers! After we were filled to the brim with exciting moments with these gentle giants, we headed back to port with big smiles and great photos of our morning.