May 29, 2017 – Transient Orcas, Seals & Sea Lions
May 29, 2017
Transient Killer Whales are amazing animals to watch. They are intelligent and cooperative, which is why they are the apex predators of the sea. This morning we were lucky enough to spend time with the T77 family group and caught up with them west of Victoria in Beecher Bay around Sooke. We watched the family hug the shoreline, going in and out of the kelp beds looking for unsuspecting seals to hunt. After getting to know this family group of 4, including one big male, we headed into Race Rocks Ecological Reserve where we were delighted to find numerous huge male northern elephant seals hauled out on the boat launch, as well as both Steller and California Sea Lions who are still around before heading to their breeding grounds for the summer. We caught up with the whales again on the other side of Race Rocks and marveled in the power of these animals as they porpoised against the strong tide flooding in.
This afternoon we headed out of the harbour southbound to catch up with the T77 transient killer whales again. This family group includes the mother, T77 born in 1981, a big male T77B born in 2000, a juvenile born in 2006 who’s sex is still unknown and T77D who is still quite young born in 2009! The passengers loved seeing the youngest member of this family as it stuck close to it’s mom, soaking up everything she has to teach. Mother’s are very important in killer whale society, as they are responsible for teaching the next generation how to hunt, where the best spots are to look for food and even how to vocalize and communicate with one another. A great day on the wild west coast!