Bigg’s Killer Whales
October 6, 2018
It was a beautiful fall day in Victoria with the first sun we have had in awhile. Fall is a time when the waters are often like glass and the crispness in the air is refreshing on the water. We traveled east into Haro Strait and turned north until we spotted the distinct fins of killer whales! It was evident that these fins belonged to the mammal-hunting orcas we call transient or Bigg’s killer whales. They appeared to be on the hunt for Harbour seals in the area.
Harbour seals are the most abundant marine mammal in British Columbia and we got to see several of them safely hauled out on small islets. We also checked out the bird colonies where cormorants and gulls noisily sat atop small islands. The Bigg’s killer whales like to patrol the waters surrounding areas where seals haul out. Even the smallest of the family was helping in the hunt! Orca calves only nurse for about a year and are trained in the art of being a top predator from the start of life. We all felt so fortunate to witness one of nature’s smartest and most beautiful marine mammals.