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Victoria Whale Watching Report: Spy Hopping Killer Whales!

August 27, 2020

Thursday, August 27th, 2020 – 12pm Covered Vessel Tour

This morning we headed out into the Juan de Fuca Strait with an eerie cloud of fog in front of us.

We emerged from the fog in the Haro Strait, with beautiful sights of the Gulf Islands and sunny skies. As we weaved through islands, we saw lots of recreational boats and kayakers enjoying this lovely weather.

Today’s trip took us out on a long journey past the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, just outside the mouth of the Saanich Inlet. There were several large vessels docked around us, but some zodiac boats served as an indication there were whales ahead. As we got closer, we saw the blows and dorsal fins of three Transient Killer Whales! Just as we arrived on scene, the mother of this family spy-hopped out of the water! This particular family is known as the T065Bs; a mother and her two offspring. The mother, Chunk, was born in 1993 and her son Birdsall was born in 2011. Her second calf is only one year old and its sex has yet to be determined! We watched them splashing around, spy hopping, and being very active. It was also really cool to see a size reference of these whales with paddle boarders in the background. They were in shallow waters and attracted onlookers from shore. Watching this family was definitely worth the trek!

On our way back, the fog had cleared and we were able to see more of coastal Vancouver Island and the San Juan Islands.

We then arrived back at the dock to a beautiful afternoon in downtown Victoria!

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