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Seals, Sea Lions, Sea Otter & Transient Orcas

June 29, 2018

Friday was an incredible day for whale watching on the Salish Sea. It began with an early morning trip on the Orca Spirit II. With reports of humpback whales near Sooke, we headed in that direction. However, as we entered Race Passage, we were in for a surprise as we spotted a group of Bigg´s killer whales. It was the T49A´s, a group of 4 killer whales led by the mother T49A, a 32 year old female. She was travelling with 3 of her 5 offspring, including a young calf,T49E, less than a year old. We concluded our morning tour by traveling through Race Rocks.

We had some amazing eagle action as we saw two mature bald eagles! A highlight for our tour was seeing Ollie, our local sea otter.

By the late afternoon, the T49As had made their way into Haro Strait. They had made their way slowly along the Victoria waterfront, hunting seals along the way. Our afternoon trip aboard the Orca Spirit II was spent watching the T49As likely feeding near Beaumont Shoals. We traveled with them as they foraged along the tidelines as they made their way towards San Juan Island.

Our evening trips encountered the T49As north of Henry Island. We found a foraging humpback whale along the way! Our encounter aboard the Orca Spirit II was truly incredible. We had an amazing pass from the orcas in flat calm seas and watched some fairly intense social behavior. It was a great day on the Salish Sea!

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