August 6th - Whale soup at Halibut Banks, humpbacks galore!

We are SO lucky out here in Nanaimo with all the amazing sightings we've had over the last few days. Around every corner we are finding humpback whales ready to excite our guests on board the zodiacs. In the morning, both vessels left the dock with their sights set on Halibut Banks. This area is right in the middle of the Strait of Georgia, in between north Nanaimo and the Sunshine Coast on mainland B.C. 

 Pec slap! Photo by Val Watson

Pec slap! Photo by Val Watson

 

In the morning once on scene with the whales, we were happy to find three different humpbacks all together! Not only were they travelling, but they engaged in a bit more action for us and we got to watch some tail slaps, pectoral slaps, logging, and even a breach!

 One two three BREATHE!! Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

One two three BREATHE!! Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

We were able to identify two of the humpbacks by using photo identification of their flukes. One was "Heather" and the other "Geometry", both who we got to see the day before as well! Heather is a BCY humpback, her fluke contains some white on it but has lots more black. Whereas Geometry is a BCZ humpback, the fluke is primarily white. Take a look at the some of the photos to see for yourself.

 The biggest set of nostrils we've ever seen! Photo by Val Watson

The biggest set of nostrils we've ever seen! Photo by Val Watson

In the afternoon, we saw even more humpbacks than in the morning! A few were the same, but we visited with some new ones as well. One of the new ones we could identify was "Anvil," another BCZ humpback just like Geometry where the fluke is primarily white. The whales in the afternoon were engaging in some of the same activities as the morning whales, tail slaps, pectoral slaps, logging, and breaching too! 

 Those bumps on the humpback's head are called tubercules, and they're actually oversized hair follicles! Photo by Val Watson

Those bumps on the humpback's head are called tubercules, and they're actually oversized hair follicles! Photo by Val Watson

Come out with us to see what all the hype is about! 

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