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Victoria Whale Watching Report: The T018 and T037 Killer Whale Families & Humpbacks!

October 5, 2019

10 am tour

This morning we headed east, all abord the Catalina Adventure in search of wildlife. We passed by the exquisite homes of Oak Bay, ranging in price from four to twenty-four million dollars. Located along the waterfront in this area is Canada’s oldest golf course, open mostly year-round and is priced for those living in this neighborhood. The membership for only one year is estimated at around sixty thousand dollars!

As we turned the corner, heading north, we soon were able to see a couple of whale-watching boats together. Near these boats were big tall dorsal fins, signaling to us that we were coming upon a group of orca! With using photo identification, we were quickly able to see that this group was the T18s and the T137s.

It is common for two pods to link up for socialization and mating. These animals will stay with their pods for life, only females will separate to form new pods once bearing their own calves. The males are huge mommas boys, leaving their mothers to mate and then returning. Even then, sometimes it is not very far from mom at all. The T18 pod of orca contains two females and two very large males, with dorsal fins reaching 6.5 ft or more! Some orcas have been given names, in this case, the T18 pod consists of Esperanza (T18 est.1955), Nootka (T19 est.1965), Galliano (T19B 1995), and Spouter (T19C 2001). Even though Spouter has just finished puberty he is quite large, and could still get bigger! We were able to watch these orca mix and mingle with a large group of females with some younger calves. Seeing the difference between all of their sizes was mesmerizing.

After watching the orca for a while we decided to head back west to a lighthouse with seals and sea lions. After passing the Trial island lighthouse we were surprised to find a couple of humpbacks.

These two were identified as Elf and an unknown whale, we do so by taking photos of the bottom of the flukes. We stayed and watched the two large humpbacks breathe and dive for a while before heading back towards the Victoria Harbor.




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