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Transient Killer Whales

July 24, 2018

We have been experiencing some beautifully sunny, blue sky weather here in Victoria and July 24th was no exception. With calm water and perfect sighting conditions, we set off east in the Catalina Adventure in search for whales. We received a radio call not long after, informing the crew that some Transient Orcas were just off of the Victoria waterfront, hunting on the closest point off Discovery Island. We approached slowly and spotted a group of female transients close to the rocks in search of their favourite meal: the harbour seal. We observed the pod for nearly 40 minutes as they cruised through the rocky islands, stealthily hunting. Before we knew it, our time was up with the killer whales so we promptly set off west in search for some humpbacks and to take in the beauty of the Race Rocks ecological reserve. We were privileged to take in a lone humpback fluking and diving before we made our way back to the Orca Spirit docks.

For our afternoon adventure, we had to travel a little further in our search however – however it was just as fruitful! on board the Pacific Explorer, we were able to catch up with another unknown pod of transient killer whales between Darcy’s and Little Darcy’s Islands. We witnessed a couple of breaches, some hunting behaviour and some tail slapping with the group before we cruised back to Victoria. It was an amazing day on the water with an exceptional variety of wildlife observed. Thank you to all guess who contributed incredible questions and made this such a fabulous day for the crew – we love sharing our passion!

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