Victoria Whale Watching Report: Scuttle the Humpback!
July 12, 2020
Wednesday, July 12th 2020 – 10am Covered Vessel Tour
This morning we headed West out of the harbour in search of wildlife in the Salish Sea.
Our journey took us all the way out to East Sooke, where we heard reports of a Humpback Whale. Once we arrived on scene we patiently waited for this whale to come up to the surface to breathe so we could get a better look. We spotted a blow off in the distance and slowly made our way over! Naturalist Leah was able to identify this whale as “Scuttle” from its distinctive fluke markings. When Humpback Whales go on deep dives they will show their tails and this allows us to figure out who they are. The undersides of their tails are all unique from one another, just like a human fingerprint!
Scuttle was first spotted in our area in 2018, making this whale a new addition to our waters! So far we do not know Scuttle’s gender, but from other sightings, it seems this humpback spends its winters along the coast of Mexico. After spending some time here watching Scuttle swim around, we turned around and headed to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve in search of more wildlife.
Race Rocks is a marine protected area due to the great number of species it is home to. The kelp forested area makes it an ideal habitat for animals of all levels of the food chain. While we passed through, we were able to see many Harbour Seals hauled out on the rocks. This time of year is their pupping season! We also saw (and heard!) some large male Steller Sea Lions.
It was then time to head back to downtown Victoria on this beautiful Sunday afternoon!