July 2, 2017 – Bigg’s Killer Whales & Humpback Whale
July 2, 2017
This morning, we received a report of orcas near Albert Head shortly before leaving our dock. We headed out aboard the Pacific Explorer and soon encountered four orcas in Parry Bay. Our orca encounter started with some fantastic viewing of a large male Bigg;s killer whale named T49A1. He was traveling apart from his mom and siblings. We watched as the adolescent male killer did several tail slaps and breached a couple of times, perhaps in the process of killing a seal! The other killer whales soon joined him and they continued their way south at a high rate of speed. We left the whales briefly to head through Race Rocks and reencountered them a short time later. We watched as the whales skirted the reserve, looking for any seals that had ventured far from their haul out. After a great viewing experience, we headed back to the harbour after a great morning on the Salish Sea.
Our afternoon tour traveled towards the Race Rocks area in the hopes of finding the Bigg’s killer whales we had visited with earlier. While we were unable to locate those killer whales, we had a fantastic encounter with a huge humpback whale! We then searched the waters of Constance Bank before arriving at the Chain Islets. We viewed harbour seals at both the Chain Islets and Discovery Island. A trip highlight however, was some viewing of a mature bald eagle being harassed by some crows and gulls. It was a great way to end a good day of whale watching!