More New Humpbacks

Port Angeles

Highlights

Harbor Seals
Variety of Seabirds
Immature Bald Eagle
BCX1068 Split Fluke with new companion BCZ0338
many unidentified Humpbacks
BCZ0298 Split Fin

BCZ0298 Split Fin with Victoria in background

BCZ0298 Split Fin

Pilot Boat dropping off pilot

red necked phalaropes 

BCZ03338 and BCX1068 Split Fluke 

BCX1068 Split Fluke 

unidentified humpback 

Race Rocks Lighthouse

Harbor Seal 

Harbor Seals 

immature bald eagle 

BCZ0298 Split Fin 

                                                 

BCZ0338

   Leaving the dock we watched as the Pigeon Guillemots dove around in the marina. The day was looking great with calm water  and just a tiny breeze. The pilot boat was headed out to a cargo freighter and we got good looks as the pilot climbed aboard. Our journey took us north towards Race Rocks and Constance Bank. Red Necked Phalaropes flew by in a swift undulating path while Heermans and Glaucous winged Gulls searched for food.
Our search brought us south of Victoria where  exhalations were spotted.  As we watched Humpback whales feeding in the calm waters we could see  other Humpbacks off in the distance. Our first group was BCX1068 Split Fluke feeding with a companion new to us BCZ0338.  Alot of other humpbacks were also in the area but without those fluke shots to ID them we could only guess as to their identity. A few flukes later and more humpbacks another whale new to us but unidentified was found. How exciting seeing all these new individuals streaming into the Salish Sea  to feast on its bounty.
Since Rack Rocks was not too far off we took a break to check out Race Rocks lighthouse and what wildlife  it held. Harbor seals were hauled out on the rocks and playing in the kelp beds. Even some young pups were spotted crawling up on some rocks. Black Oyster catchers  were calling and eventually a small flock made an appearance. An immature Bald Eagle was standing guard over the hauled out seals  looking regal.
     Before we headed home we made another visit to our Humpback friends and found BCZ0298 Split Fin. He was in a good fluke raising mood and gave us some gorgeous views of his beautiful  white tail. We had some great photo ops from him with Victoria and Race Rocks as a backdrop. What a beautiful day out on the water listening and watching Humpback whales as they proceeded through their day chowing down on krill and small fish.
Naturalist- Lee

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