September 28, 2017 – Humpback Whales, Transient Killer Whales, Seals & Sea Lions
September 28, 2017
Today was humpback whale soup out by Sooke! We started off the morning with a mother and calf humpback pair who decided to get very active close to the boat! We saw tail slaps, lobs and pectoral slaps repeatedly as the pair moved into an area with 3 other humpbacks. Looking up above the boat, hundreds of Turkey Vultures circled the cliffs searching for the perfect thermal to propel them across the strait to the other side. Race rocks was full of both sea lions and Northern Elephant Seals, giving us a great look at both massive pinnipeds side by side.
The afternoon trip shaped up to be able to see both of our most commonly seen cetaceans – orcas and humpbacks! After a quick look at humpbacks by Sooke we headed out into the strait to visit the T46B family group of Transient Killer Whales. This is a family group of 6 whales and 3 generations and are an exciting family to watch with lots of activity from the young members of the matriline.