Humpback Whales & Resident Orcas – September 2, 2015
September 2, 2015
This morning we searched for humpback whales in Juan de Fuca Straight and were able to find one that was slapping its 5 meter long pectoral fin repeatedly. We’re not sure why but possibly to communicate with the second humpback that we spotted soon after. And not long after that we realized that there were actually 4 humpbacks in the area! We watched them for a while then found a lot of sea lions and a sea otter at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve.
In the afternoon we traveled to San Juan Island to see some salmon eating resident Killer Whales foraging for food. They were doing deep dives down to catch fish and being unpredictable where they came up. These whales use echolocation to pinpoint the location of a fish. Fish aren’t very hard to catch so they don’t need to use teamwork but rather they spread out and hunt salmon alone. During the behaviour which they exhibit about 60% of the time we need to be patient while we watch then hunt. They need to eat food too!