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Victoria Whale Watching Report: Humpbacks, Ollie the Sea Otter, & More!

July 5, 2020

10am Covered Tour

This morning we headed out into the Juan de Fuca Strait with beautiful conditions to search for wildlife.

After a bit of travelling we encountered two Humpback Whales! The pair were swimming around while we watched them with our engines off, listening to them breathe as they came up to the surface. Fortunately for us, they weren’t going on very long dives and we were able to get a great view of them on this calm, sunny day. One of these two whales we saw was identified as “Yogi” or “BCY0409”. This particular whale was spotted in Hawaii in March with a calf and has since made her way up to our waters. Although our colder ocean temperatures are home to more predators than in Hawaii, Humpback Whales migrate here to enjoy the plentiful food source we have to offer. Due to each of these whales’ unique tail coloration and markings, we are able to identify individuals- just like a human fingerprint! Yogi will head back to her breeding grounds in the Fall, but I’m thrilled we were able to spot her while she’s here!

We then made our way over to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, where we spotted some more wildlife. As we passed through the rocks here, we saw some Steller Sea Lions hauled out, as well as many Harbour Seals! As we turned around the corner, we also spotted a huge Elephant Seal lying down at the bottom of the boat ramp. This was a very exciting sight for our crew and guests alike. We even managed to spot Southern Vancouver Island’s only resident Sea Otter, “Ollie” relaxing in a kelp bed. What a diverse bunch of species we got to see today!

Our tour ended with perfect weather for an afternoon walk in lovely downtown Victoria.




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