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Victoria Whale Watching Report: Bigg’s Killer Whales, Sea Lions & More!

September 28, 2019


This afternoon we headed out into the Juan De Fuca Strait to see what wildlife we could find.

It didn’t take long before we encountered a family of Bigg’s Killer Whales!

This population hunts mammals such as seals, sea lions, porpoises, and even other whales. These animals travel in family groups consisting of a mother and her offspring. Male killer whales will be with their mothers for life, so fathers do not travel with their young. This particular family we were with was the T060s. This is a mother with 5 offspring. She was born in 1980 and her offspring were born in 2001, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2019! At one point one of them had a kill and was jumping through the water at astounding speed. This was really cool to witness.

A cool thing about this particular family is that, with the birth of this new baby, T060 has had more calves than ever documented in the Salish Sea. However, a couple of them have passed away, unfortunately, so there was 6 total that we saw. T060G, her newest baby, is her 7th! These animals have a 17-month gestation period and will go through menopause, so there is a limited window of time for them to have calves. This is why their family sizes are usually 6 or fewer. They were moving quite fast, but we managed to get some great looks at them before turning around!

We passed through the chain islands on our way back to look at the Steller Sea Lions and Cormorants on the rocks.

On our way back to Victoria we also passed Victoria Golf Club, which is Canada’s oldest golf course and Trial Island which is home to the last manned lighthouse on our coastline.

It was a fantastic afternoon spent with the T060s and exploring the area!



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