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Victoria Whale Watching Report: Humpbacks, Harbour Seals, California Sea Lions, and More!

August 14, 2020

Friday, August 14th, 2020 – 12pm Covered Vessel Tour

This afternoon we headed out into the Juan de Fuca Strait to search for whales and other wildlife.

After a bit of travelling, we came across a Humpback Whale! When these whales go on dives they show their tails and this allows us to identify which individual we are with. This particular whale does not have a name yet but is known as HW-MN0510419. This whale was first documented in October 2019. From other sighting reports, we know that this particular Humpback Whale spends its winter in Baja California. We also saw a Steller Sea Lion swimming around this whale, likely trying to catch fish that fall out of its mouth! We also saw Harbour Porpoises, so this area was probably a great feeding spot.

As we were heading towards Race Rocks to see what animals we could spot there, we saw a second Humpback Whale! This individual is known as MMY0102 and also spends its winters in Baja.

When we arrived at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, we could see there were many animals here today! Steller Sea Lions were swimming around and were also hauled out on the rocks. Harbour Seals were covering the lower areas of the rocks as well. These seals are unable to maneuver themselves higher up on the rocks like sea lions are due to their fused tails. California Sea Lions were hauled out on the main rock, loudly barking as we passed by. We were even lucky enough to spot Ollie the Sea Otter in the kelp. He camouflages quite well, but because of the calm conditions, we were able to find him.

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