May 23rd - Two Humpbacks in the Strait of Georgia

We had an awesome day on the water visiting with two humpback whales in the Strait of Georgia near East Point, plus we got to see other wildlife along the way!

Once rare in BC waters, humpback whales are quickly becoming a regular sight on our whale watching tours, and that's wonderful news! Humpback whales were hunted to the brink of extinction in the early to mid 1900s, but have made an incredible comeback since the moratorium on whaling. In 2006 North Pacific humpback whale numbers were estimated at 18,000 individuals, and this number has definitely been growing since then. In fact, almost half of the humpback whales we see on our whale watching tours have never been documented before!

Here are some photos of two humpback whales BCX1193 "Trinity/Zig-Zag" and BCZ0298 "Split Fin".

 Here's BCZ0298 "Split Fin" surfacing. See how the dorsal fin has a split? That's where this whale got its name! Photo by Alanna Vivanni.

Here's BCZ0298 "Split Fin" surfacing. See how the dorsal fin has a split? That's where this whale got its name! Photo by Alanna Vivanni.

 When a humpback whale surfaces to breathe, it produces a spout up to 15 feet high! This makes them easy to spot in calm seas. Photo by Alanna Vivanni 

When a humpback whale surfaces to breathe, it produces a spout up to 15 feet high! This makes them easy to spot in calm seas. Photo by Alanna Vivanni 

 BCX1193 "Trinity/Zig-Zag" shows a fluke while taking a deep dive, with "Split Fin" on the left. Photo by Alanna Vivanni

BCX1193 "Trinity/Zig-Zag" shows a fluke while taking a deep dive, with "Split Fin" on the left. Photo by Alanna Vivanni

After parting ways with these beautiful giants, we cruised north and snapped a few photos of a majestic tall ship in the distance, with the volcanically-active Mount Baker as a stunning backdrop.

 A tall ship with Mount Baker in the background. Photo by Alanna Vivanni

A tall ship with Mount Baker in the background. Photo by Alanna Vivanni

Finally, we popped in on some harbour seals at their haulout, because who can resist those adorable faces!

 We watched a few harbour seals, and they watched us back! Photo by Alanna Vivanni

We watched a few harbour seals, and they watched us back! Photo by Alanna Vivanni

Thanks to those who joined our whale watching trip, it's been a thrilling season on the water so far! Book online or give us a call to reserve your whale watching adventure with us!

 

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