Sightings Report September 10

September 10, 2014

Wow. Whales! All the whales!

We almost reached the point today where there were more whales than we know what to do with!

Things got started with transient killer whales waaay out west. Like, about as far as we can go in three hours…and then a little bit more. Mark took his passengers to Point No Point and beyond (yes, that’s really what it’s called) to catch up with these mammal eating orca.

Next we picked up a couple of humpbacks heading west also in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Our favourite, Split Fluke and his new traveling buddy MMX0028! These guys appeared to be having a nap, taking shallow dives and spending lots of time at the surface.

Later on in the day, the residents started to come back. They were likely transiting the middle of the strait in the morning and were located around noon as they closed in on the shoreline. We picked them up on Ocean Magic II’s 12:15 trip. Captain Jeff, myself, Tom, and Rowan were all ecstatic to see these guys! They were travelling in a tight family group, close to shore. The group we saw was the majority of J-pod, but not all 25 whales were accounted for.

Little did we know, there were more on the way!

Zodiac skippers Rush, Torin (and later Tom) viewed J-pod just off of Sooke, but a few boats went further west and found even more residents. The rest of the J’s, plus K’s AND L’s! That’s right, you know what that means! SUPERPOD!

That’s 79 residents, plus transients, humpbacks, and a must visit out west: Race Rocks, covered in very vocal sea lions and fat seals.

It REALLY doesn’t get any better than this.

Will the residents stick around tomorrow? Only one way to find out!

By Jennifer Dickson