May 19, 2017 – Bigg’s Killer Whales
May 19, 2017
19:30 Cruise Departure
MV Orca Mist departed into the calm evening waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The vessel transited east in the Strait towards Sea Bird Point on Discovery Island. Off the tip of sea bird point, we encountered a group of Bigg’s Killer Whales (probable identification of the T37A’s and T37B’s) in pursuit of a male Loughlin’s (Steller) sea lion that had taken refuge. The sea lion slowly tried to make an escape when the group of Bigg’s killer whales surfaced heading away from where the individual had taken refuge. Suddenly the water exploded with the Bigg’s killer whales smashing into the sea lion. We watched the furious hunting (possible teaching due to a young juvenile) event unfold until visibility was significantly reduced….and then we departed the scene left to wonder the fate of the sea lion. Upon reaching the Victoria harbour, we cruised into the inner harbour providing individuals with some beautiful key sites of the downtown Victoria: the Parliament buildings, Empress Hotel, and the Johnson Street Bridge. What a lovely evening to be out on the water.