Victoria Whale Watching Report: Killer Whales
June 1, 2019
It was a gorgeous start to the day with calm seas, sunny skies and excitement in the air!
With whale watching companies scattered across the region, we have a network of communication to search for and locate whales. Once whales are spotted, information is shared. The only report of whales so far today was from far up north in the Gulf Islands. We decided to take the long trip so that our guests from all corners of the world could have an opportunity to see the top predators of the ocean- orcas!
Despite being a long trip to get to the area where the whales were, we still enjoyed the sights of picturesque islands like San Juan Island, James Island and Sidney Island. The south coast of Vancouver Island is rugged and covered in beautiful forests and inhabited by all kinds of wildlife.
Once we arrived on scene and started to see the dorsal fins of local Killer Whales. We soon recognized the family as the T46B’s.
They are easy to ID because of one young calf in the family, named T46B1B, who is grey rather than a stark black and white. This little whale is a boy and was first spotted in November. Scientists are not sure what the biological source of its condition is, but it is likely that the calf has a harmless condition called leucism, which causes a partial loss of colour in the skin but not in the eyes.
It was exciting to watch as the whole family played and played and played with each other!
We saw rolling, breaching, tail slaps and more! If the mammal-hunting orcas have full bellies, they are often very social and active at the surface.
With three young whales in the family, someone is always up to no good, initiating playtime! We returned to Victoria a bit late, but very happy to have had such a special visit with this family of killer whales!