August 12th - A visit with humpbacks near Snake Island!
We have been getting spoiled with humpbacks the past week, just check out our blog posts from the previous days! On this day, we set out of the harbour with both boats and took a quick ride to Snake and Entrance Island to have a look at the harbour seals hauled out on the rocks. While enjoying the harbour seals we could see the blows from the humpbacks in the distance already. Those tall blows are unmistakeable and we weren't even able to pick up speed to head out because they were so close, lucky us!
Once on scene with the humpbacks and with some help from other companies, we were able to figure out there were 2 adults and 1 calf to watch during the morning trip. This is not an uncommon sighting - newborn humpback calves will travel with their mothers during the migration to their feeding waters off the coast of British Columbia and Alaska.
Did you know humpback whales have one of the longest migration patterns in the world? They can travel as far as 16000 miles (almost 26000 km)! The mothers give birth to young in the waters around the equator during our wintering months. It's a safe environment for them to raise their calf and prepare it for the long migration to their feeding grounds in our water during the summer months.
We were able to watch the pod of 3 in the morning engage in milling and logging. Logging describes the behaviour where the whale rests at the surface, looks similar to a log, without much forward movement.
In the afternoon, we caught up 2 humpbacks just a little farther northeast of where we were in the morning. Engaging in some more deep dives and logging. The waters were so nice and calm, so with each surface our guests could hear the loud and deep noise when a humpback blows. It was a little difficult to identify these whales - their flukes weren't coming out of the water each time. However, we could all tell that they would be under the "BCX" category, because when we did see the flukes, you could tell they were pretty well all black!
Enjoy some more photos below :) give us a call if you'd like to book on one of our boats for your own tour!