Resident and Transient Orcas
September 3, 2018
Today was a day where all whale watchers and researchers were excited. The weather on the water was absolutely beautiful and the scenery along Vancouver island throughout our trips seemed extra lush. During our morning trip we were able to spend time with our Resident Orca pods J and L. With them quite spread out we mainly got to see the couple of big males of the two group, Blackberry and Onyx. We can tell them distinctly because they are the few that have huge dorsal fins and distinct saddle patches.
During the afternoon tour we decided to catch up with the Transient Orca pod that was just south of Darcy island, an island that was once known to be a leper colony that even has its ruins still standing to this day! After watching the T65 group with their adorable newborn for a while, we noticed that there was very few boats with our Southern Resident Killer whales just across the straight along the north west side of San Juan island, only a 10 minute boat ride! It is VERY rare in which we can see both Transient and Resident Orca in the same trip, let alone so close together. Since we were so close and the area around the Residents was so quiet, we decided to take in the views as we quietly kept our distance of the travelling pods. Before going home we made a quick stop along the Chain islets just west of Discovery island to get one last view of the T65 group as they made their way west. To our sheer luck we were able to watched them on a hunt before we headed home.