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Victoria Whale Watching Report: The T065B Killer Whale Family!

September 6, 2020

Sunday, September 6th, 2020 – 12pm Covered Vessel Tour

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon to head out on the water in search of the whales that call the Salish Sea home! The Pacific Explorer, crew and guests headed east into Haro Strait to look for a report of some killer whales!

It wasn’t long until we came across a small family of three Bigg’s Killer Whales known as the T065B’s. This family is a mom and her two young kiddos! T065B, Mom, was born in 1994 and her common name is Chunk. T065B1, Chunks first born, was born in 2011 and has been confirmed a male. His common name is Birdsall! The youngest in the family, Chunks most recent, was born just last summer and because it is so young doesn’t have a common name yet, or a known gender!

After a nice visit with the killer whales we went over to Mandarte Island, a bird reserve with many different species of shore birds! This includes Cormorants, who in the late 1900’s were considered a species at risk because of human pollution. Since then, this species has rebounded with over a few hundred mating pairs around Vancouver Island alone.

Lastly, we paid a few Harbour Seals a visit, where we also pulled up a piece of kelp to talk about the importance of the ocean ecosystems and how every little part of the ocean plays a critical role in humans day to day lives.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather, or sightings! It was a great day on the water!

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