Transient Orca – June 19, 2015
June 19, 2015
Evening Tour Aboard the King Salmon
Our tour this evening took us East and then North through the beautiful Gulf Islands. We met up with a male orca named T049C near the ferry terminal off Sydney. T049C was born in 1998, making him 17 years old this year. He does have a sister who has two offspring, but he tends to travel alone. It looked like this party of one was passively searching for a meal. Transient, or mammal-hunting, Orcas listen intently for sounds of their prey rather than using echolocation to find food like the resident or fish-eating Orcas. They don’t want to tip off their prey that they are in the area, so they need to be super stealthy! It was a beautiful evening on the water as we watched T049C gracefully swim amongst the islands, his tall dorsal fin impressing us all.