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Victoria Whale Watching Report: The end of July has been has been HOT and the wildlife is ACTIVE!

August 3, 2022

Written by: Arden, Marine Naturalist

The weather has been HOT and the wildlife has been ACTIVE!

An incredible amount of humpbacks in the area have graced us with breaches, fin slaps, tail slaps, and lunge feeding! Juveniles have been spotted with their mothers as first time arrivals to the Salish sea, learning and exploring the new area. Not only did we see mother and baby relationships we have been fortunate enough to see some friendships grow between the adult whales. Having a lot of food concentrated in one area gives the whales a unique opportunity to feed and socialize at the same time. 

 

Below is a photo of a full grown humpback with their exceptionally long pectoral fin sticking straight out of the water. The fin can reach up to a third of their body length, making it about 15ft long. Primarily used for manoeuvring or creating sudden burst of motion. However, this one looks as if it were just waving hello. 

Race Rocks is looking lively as ever with the return of many of our steller sea lions. Wrestling and fighting their way to the top always makes for an amazing (and stinky) show. Everyday it seems more return from the rookeries each one bigger than the last. Only the largest and most aggressive sea lions are successful at holding a territory to mate with the females. The rest return to Race Rocks a little early and a little frustrated.

And of course no Race Rocks tour would be complete without our beloved Ollie the Otter! Incredibly important to our ecosystem and let’s face it… just downright adorable, Ollie has been seen floating on his back enjoying the beautiful gardens of kelp and enjoying plenty of food. Unfazed by the nearby seals and sea lions who are often causing a scene, Ollie spends most of his time maintaining his extremely dense fur to stay warm and keep up his good looks.

Now for the update you have all been waiting for! The Biggs killer whales have been sighted throughout the week! What a treat it has been to witness some of the more intimate moments as these predators carry out hunts and share their feed amongst their pod, a humbling reminder that Orcas are the apex predators of the ocean. Below is a celebratory manoeuvre where the orca has completely flipped itself upside down showing us their belly.

Not to mention we have had lots of sightings of seals, porpoises, minke whales and more!

That’s all for now, can’t wait to find out what we will get to experience next week! Click here to join us on a tour to #ExperienceTheWild

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