Victoria Whale Watching Report: Biggs Killer Whale T049C “Janet” and Race Rocks Ecological Reserve!
October 8, 2019
Today we visited Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, getting to hang out with 3 different Pinniped Species.
These are Californian Sea Lions, Steller Sea Lions, and Harbour Seals. Harbour seals are commonly referred to as fuzzy rock sausages or orca-duerves by the naturalists on board because they are one of the main food sources of Biggs Killer Whales, the mammal-eating variety.
Around Race Rocks today we came across one of those mammal eating Killer Whales. This whale is known as T049C or Janet!
He is considered a lone male and doesn’t travel with his family unit like male killer whales normally would.
His mom passed away, and his sisters are all active moms with many babies of their own, so traveling alone is his most practical option. Sometimes we will see Janet travel with another lone male, forming what we like to call a bromance!
It was a fantastic trip on the Salish Sea full of all the great critters that make up our ecosystem!