Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Breathtaking Breaching Humpback Whales! Oct 11th, 2012
We headed out this afternoon hoping to find whales for a very excited group of passengers on board our vessel "Supercat" but we could never have guessed at the incredible encounter that lay ahead!
As we left the Harbour we received a report of Humpback Whales being spotted between Race Rocks and Sooke, so we headed in that direction. Just after passing by Race Rocks we came across the Mother & Calf Humpback Whale that have been hanging out in the Salish Sea for the last 3 or 4 months. When we first arrived on scene the 2 Humpback Whales were acting in their usual behavior of traveling and then tail fluking as they deep dive. Then out of the blue the youngster brushed again the Mother and all of a sudden started breaching! The young Humpback Whale breached 3 or 4 times in a row and then suddenly the Mother also Breached:) Watching these 30-40 ton Whales come straight out of the water is always a breathtaking sight and I can't remember the last time I witnessed so many breaches!!!!!! We also witnessed the youngster Spy Hop and do a cartwheel as it continued to play around, just like all kids do;)
On our way home we also stopped off at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to show our guests the Hundreds of Harbor Seals, Steller Sea Lions, California Sea Lions and the Northern Elephant Seals that can be found there.
Today was one of the most memorable Humpback Whale encounters of my career and one I won't soon forget:)