September 23, 2019

Synchronized Humpback Whales in the Strait of Georgia

Humpback Whales in the Strait of Georgia

Olivia | September 23rd, 2019 | M/V Sea Lion | 11:00am

We started off our Classic Whale Watch trip by heading north through San Juan Channel into Boundary Pass and up through Plumper Sound. As we boated along, we saw Harbor Seals and Harbor Porpoises swimming around in the rain. Once we started to turn into Georgesons Passage, we spotted a big Bald Eagle perched up at the top of a pine scanning the water horizon! Not only that, but about two minutes later we saw a Great Blue Heron! Just as we were leaving the pass and sticking our nose into the Strait of Georgia, we saw TWO Humpback Whales! These were the same two Captain Gabe and I saw the previous day- “Heather” BCY0160 and “Raptor” BCY0458.

Today these two were enjoying long surface action of about 10-minutes, intertwined with a 4-minute dive. With that, they were constantly fluking! We had amazing views and they were completely synchronized with every breath. The extra cool thing? There were two other Humpback Whales in the same area! Unfortunately, they did not fluke and just traveled along at the surface in the opposite direction, so we never got an ID on them.

After we said goodbye to these whales, and the rain had gone away, we traveled around the eastern side of Saturna Island and down through Boundary Pass. This allowed great views of Patos Lighthouse and Mount Constitution as we dipped into Presidents Channel (again) seeing tons of Harbor Porpoises and Harbor Seals swimming around. With a group of only 11, we really enjoyed this intimate and exciting adventure in the rain. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget our bright yellow rain slickers and cozy green blankets!