Transient Orcas, Humpback Whales & Race Rocks Ecological Reserve
September 18, 2018
Our tours today traveled southwest out of the harbour into the Strait of Juan de Fuca on a mission to catch up with the Transient Orca that had been spotted earlier in the morning. The whales were last spotted heading out towards Sooke so we had our fingers crossed that we would be able to catch up with them before they reached a distance out of our range. After about 45 minutes we caught up to the whales. The matriarch was in much more of a rush than her offspring. She led the charge about a kilometer ahead of the other two pod members, a young male and a juvenile. The two young transients stuck close to one another following their mother obediently but obviously with no desire to keep up with her pace. This worked well for us, as we were able to cruise along side them for sometime before having to turn back towards Victoria.
On our way back into Victoria we spotted a mother humpback whale and her calf cruising close to the coastline! We also took a quick detour though Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to visit the local seal and sea lion population.