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Transient Orca – June 19, 2015

June 19, 2015

Evening Tour Aboard the King Salmon

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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.

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