Transient Orca’s, Humpback Whales & Race Rocks Reserve
October 19, 2017
Whales teach us a lot of things, including patience! The whale watching fleet spread out through Haro Strait this morning following a report of Transient Killer Whales. Working as a team, we all fanned out in search of these black and white predators. The search paid off when we found the whales hunting a seal on the shoreline of D’arcy Island. We watched for half an hour as these whales threw themselves on top of the seal in the center of the circle, breaches and tail slaps stunning the seal underwater. The big males stayed to the outside of the group, spyhopping once in a while to keep an eye on things. What an incredible example of teamwork!
This afternoon was humpback whale soup out by Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Shoals of bait fish are a common sight this time of year and the sea lions and humpbacks all get in on the feast. These whales continued short dives giving us lots of looks at their tail flukes, an essential tool for us to identify each whale based on how much black and white is on that tail! Race Rocks Ecological Reserve is a busy place in the fall, as two species of male sea lions return to the rocks to overwinter.