Transient Killer Whales & Splitfin the Humpback Whale
August 19, 2018
Today was a great day on the water. We had reports of orcas just a few minutes from the harbour when we left the dock. Shortly after leaving the harbour on our 10 am trip, we encountered a well known group of Bigg’s killer whales, the T10s. The whales traveled along the coast of Albert Head searching for seals.
After the orca encounter, we traveled east of Race Rocks where we had a lovely visit with one of our favourite humpback whales, Splitfin!
Splitfin has been visiting the Salish Sea since first coming to the area as a calf in 2006. After our humpback whale encounter, we traveled to Race Rocks. We saw dozens of sea lions, harbour seals and even Ollie, the resident sea otter. On the way back to the harbour, we had time for another quick visit with T10 and T10C. It was a great morning on the Salish Sea!
By the afternoon, the T10s had made their way west and we encountered them at Church Rock near Beecher Bay. We traveled with them as they made their way through the many rocky islets and seal haul outs. The whales continued to make their way west and we left them as they approached Beechey Head. A quick stop at Race Rocks concluded a great day of whale watching.