Victoria Whale Watching Report: Killer Whale T65A2, Seals & Sea Lions
August 6, 2019
This afternoon we headed out East into the Juan De Fuca Strait.
It was a beautiful day on the water and, although it took a bit of time to get there, we ended up amongst the San Juan Islands with a Bigg’s (Transient) Killer Whale! This was a 15-year-old male on his own, separated from the rest of his family. Usually male killer whales are with their mothers for life, so it’s interesting that he was on his own today. He would otherwise be travelling alongside his four siblings and mother.
He is known as T65A2! We are able to tell him apart from other killer whales because he has a distinctive notch in his dorsal fin. He is known as a “sprouter” because he is in a phase of growing his dorsal fin. As a full-grown male his fin will be about 6 feet tall and very straight. It is in the process of elongating and straightening out! This type of killer whale hunts marine mammals such as seals, porpoises, sea lions and even other whales. After spending some time with him, we began our trip back to Victoria.
We stopped to take a look at some Harbour Seals that were hauled out on a rock and decided to pick up some Bull Kelp to show everyone. This kelp is one of the fastest growing organisms in the world. Its stem alone can grow up to 60 feet long, with 30-64 fronds growing off it. They reproduce using spores and will grow from a spore to maturity within a year. It is the food of many marine animals and some of you on board were even brave enough to taste it!
We ended our tour with a lovely coastal route back into the harbour!