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Victoria Whale Watching Report: East Sooke, Sheringham Lighthouse, and Killer Whales!

August 18, 2020

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 – 12pm Covered Vessel Tour

It was a beautiful day to be heading out on the Salish Sea! 13 Passengers plus your crew loaded onto the Pacific Explorer, which made its way out of the Inner Harbour and west into the Juan De Fuca Strait! There had been reports of a lone male Killer Whale out near Sooke which was a long way to go for a 3 hour trip but Captain Jordan was confident we would make it!

On the way to find the aforementioned whale we passed Becher Bay, and East Sooke, this area is the traditional territory of the Scia’new First Nations and home to one of the nicest hiking areas around Greater Victoria. We passed Sooke, a community that is about a half hour drive West Victoria. The boat came to a stop across from a beach called Gordons Beach, with Sheringham Lighthouse in eye sight.

It was here that we got to hang out with a male Killer Whale named Rainy (T011A) who has been travelling pretty much on his own since early 2019 when his mother passed away. Rainy is one of the older males of the Biggs Killer Whale population at 42 years old and is near the average life expectancy for a male, especially after their mother has passed away.

On the way home we took a little cruise through Race Rocks Ecological reserve where we got to see a bunch of Harbour Seals, Californian Sea Lions and Steller Sea Lions. Here the pinniped species live in relative harmony, apart from the odd tussle between the sea lions competing for a better or higher rock to bask in the sun in.

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