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Victoria Whale Watching Report: T049C The Bigg’s Killer Whale & A Humpback!

September 28, 2019

10 am Tour

It was a beautiful start to the day with sunny skies above us as we coasted onto the Juan de Fuca Strait. Every tour is unique because whales never stay in the same spot for long. They are always moving to find food, socialize with each other, and explore the vast underwater world. We traveled further to the west and crossed the border into American waters near the Olympic Penninsula.

Captain Alex used his eagle eyes this morning to spot a lone black dorsal fin! It was T49C, and he was a needle in a haystack!

 

T49C is a 21-year-old mammal-hunting orca of the local Bigg’s Killer Whale population. He travels alone, for the most part, sometimes meeting up with other Bigg’s families. His mother is no longer alive, but he does have two sisters who have huge families of their own. His mother, T49, sure left a massive and vital legacy! T49C is easy to identify because he has two large nicks in the trailing edge of his dorsal fin. He is very impressive to watch surface with that tall fin, and powerful exhales. We followed alongside him as he traveled northwest towards the Canadian side of the strait.

We continued our trip moving northeast where we discovered another whale- a humpback! It is always a treat to get to see both a toothed whale and a baleen whale in the same trip. Like T49C, this humpback was swimming solo. Tipping the scales between 30 and 40 tons, the humpbacks are almost ready to start their journey south. Soon they will enjoy the warmer waters in Hawaii, Costa Rica, or Mexico. Can you take us with you humpbacks?!

We ended our trip with a pass through the islands of Race Rocks Lighthouse.
Here we love to introduce our guests to the famous furry creatures of the Salish Sea. Harbour Seals, California Sea Lions, and Steller Sea Lions are almost always found here as they enjoy the sun as they lay on the rocky islands. The lighthouse is the second oldest lighthouse on the Canadian Pacific coast. It’s black-and-white stripes made for a perfect background to the hundreds of sea lions and seals that flanked its shores. It was definitely a morning to write home about with such fantastic wildlife sightings!

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