An Amazing Staff Trip with the T38A’s, T35A’s and about 50 Humpbacks! – 22/10/15

Amazing time on our staff trip with Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching – Cowichan Bay. 11 hours on the water which included the T38A’s, T35A’s and approximately 50 Humpbacks!! Was absolutely insane to see huge groups of humpies in 10-15 ft. swell (and the furtherst West I have ever seen!) I have never seen such a huge aggregation before and that includes my time in Hawaii!!

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We found the T38As and T35As early in the morning on our staff trip. They were just finishing up with feeding on a stellar sea lion.

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T35A
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T38A and T38A1

A few of the kids were playing around after and this was a little fluke wave towards the boat!

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Check out this Humpback known as BCZ0131. When it was first photographed it’s fluke looked like a normal whale but now looks more like an accordion. This is probably a result of being entangled at some point, which is a big threat to these 40 ton giants. Luckily this one survived and was one of the 40-50 Humpbacks we saw!!!

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BCZ0131 “Gnarly”

The resiliency of this whale is a good representation of the North Pacific population of Humpbacks. These whales were heavily hunted until the early 70’s when there population hit an all time low around 1400 individuals!!

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BCX1301

Since being protected by both the United States and Canadian governments, these Humpbacks have bounced back and now the population is estimated between 22,000 and 24,000!

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-Gary

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