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October 11, 2017 – Transient & Resident Killer Whales

October 11, 2017

We left the harbour on the Orca Mist on a beautiful October day. The sun was shining but the wind was chilly as we headed south west out on the Juan de Fuca Strait. We had a bit of a distance to go this morning because the giant group of Transient Orcas were moving away from us. We finally caught up and it was awesome we did because there were so many of them! We had at least 4 separate groups that had come together to head west. We identified the T123’s, T87’s, and a few more groups. The groups had a lot of young whales and also some really large males, including T90, who at 17 is very big for his age! As we left them to go find another species of whale, we found the possible cause for the transients taking off… the Resident Killer Whales!! We were super happy to come across J-pod and got a pretty close encounter from Cookie, a sprouting male. To make the day even better, as we were watching the J’s, we discovered we had Humpback’s all around us! Spouts and tails for days! We had to get through the whale soup to make our way to Race Rocks Lighthouse where our team of pinnipeds was waiting patiently.. Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions and California Sea Lions all suntanning on the rocks and splashing in the water. We even had one of our Eagles keeping watch of the show for us. As we left Race in the distance a few more Humpbacks fluked for our send off back to Victoria. It was a pretty incredible day on the water!

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