Victoria Whale Watching Report: Ollie The Sea Otter & A Humpback Whale!
October 9, 2019
This afternoon we headed west following a call from another vessel regarding wildlife. Our initial destination point was quite a drive away, however, we were able to find animals closer. While pointed southwest, just past Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, we could see blows of a humpback.
In our area, we have had an increase in humpbacks in the past few decades. September and October were once prime months to see these animals. We are fortunate enough to see them 2-3 times a week now.
They travel here to feed on krill, sand lance, and herring, remaining from April until November, they roughly regain 7-17 tons in bodyweight while feeding. During our winters, they head back down south towards Mexico, Costa Rica, and Hawaii.
We were able to stay and hang out with this feeding humpback for a while. Watching it zig-zag around, we were able to get some pretty great views at how large these animals can be. Females are larger than males and can be roughly 53 ft long and up to 50 tons!
After our time with this humpback, we headed towards Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to view the historic lighthouse along with seals, sea lions, and Ollie the sea otter.