August 12th - Humpback Whales in the Strait of Georgia

We had beautiful calm seas in the Strait of Georgia on August 12th. Perfect conditions for spotting wildlife!

Between our morning and afternoon tours we found FIVE humpback whales, including a mother and calf pair! Humpback whales are a great example of a conservation success story. Since the moratorium on whaling, which brought the population to the brink of extinction, we’ve seen humpback whales make an astonishing rebound. In fact, we see more humpbacks return to BC waters each year than the year before!

On the morning tour we spotted BCX1193 “Zig-Zag” with her calf “Scuba”! It’s always reassuring to see humpback whale calves summering in BC. It’s a sign that we’ll likely be seeing them return here for many years to come!

In the afternoon we found three more humpback whales: BCZ-CS513 “Anvil”, MMX0101 “Strike”, plus another animal we were unable to identify but could possibly be a newcomer to this growing population.

Check out the photos we snapped from this beautiful day on the water!

Sequence by Val Watson.

Sequence by Val Watson.

Sequence by Val Watson

Sequence by Val Watson

Photo by Val Watson.

Photo by Val Watson.

BCX1193 “Zig Zag” heading down for a deep dive. Photo by Val Watson

BCX1193 “Zig Zag” heading down for a deep dive. Photo by Val Watson

Big breach! Photo by Val Watson.

Big breach! Photo by Val Watson.

A mouthful of water (and food probably!). Photo by Val Watson.

A mouthful of water (and food probably!). Photo by Val Watson.

Photo by Val Watson.

Photo by Val Watson.

Mom “Zig-Zag” and her calf “Scuba”. Photo by Val Watson.

Mom “Zig-Zag” and her calf “Scuba”. Photo by Val Watson.

Photo by Val Watson.

Photo by Val Watson.

Photo by Val Watson.

Photo by Val Watson.

Photo by Val Watson.

Photo by Val Watson.

Mom “Zig-Zag” and calf “Scuba”. Photo by Rebeka Pirker

Mom “Zig-Zag” and calf “Scuba”. Photo by Rebeka Pirker

“Zig-Zag” and her calf “Scuba” fluking. Photo by Rebeka Pirker

“Zig-Zag” and her calf “Scuba” fluking. Photo by Rebeka Pirker

“Anvil” fluking. Photo by Val Watson.

“Anvil” fluking. Photo by Val Watson.

It’s anyone’s guess what’s going on here! Photo by Val Watson.

It’s anyone’s guess what’s going on here! Photo by Val Watson.

“Anvil”. Photo by Val Watson.

“Anvil”. Photo by Val Watson.

Photo by Val Watson.

Photo by Val Watson.

Sequence by Rebeka Pirker.

Sequence by Rebeka Pirker.


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