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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Humpback Whales

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Today’s Ocean Magic II noon trip lead us south toward Race Rocks to view Humpback whales. We first found a mother calf pair a couple miles east of the ecological reserve. We then headed over to William Head and found another mother calf pair. This calf was very active at the surface with lots of tail and pectoral flipper slapping behaviours. Another solitary Humpback whale was spotted nearby in the Juan de Fuca strait. We stopped over at Race Rocks to view the many California sea lions, Steller sea lions, Harbour seals, Brant’s cormorants, and Double-crested cormorants. On the way home we stopped to view the first mother calf Humpback whale pair as they passed by the stern and headed south towards the Olympic Mountains.

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