Zodiac Wildlife Adventure Sept 26 2pm

There were Transient Killer Whales reported out west of the harbour, Sunday afternoon, so Skipper Mark headed the 2pm Zodiac in that direction. Local and international guests were on board and they were in for a spectacular trip. It was a rather overcast day but the wildlife was present despite the mist and clouds of the west coast. Initially, we came across two Transients, T 49’s off Albert Head, a male and female. They eventually joined four other Transients that were milling close to three Humpback Whales. The trio of Humpbacks was a mother and calf and a sub adult. The presence of the Transients created some tension for the Humpbacks. We could see and hear the activity. Trumpeting and tail slapping by the Humpbacks indicated that they were somewhat stressed by the Orca’s curiosity. We could see dorsal fins slicing through the water close to the humpback whales. It was thrilling to watch these two species interact, knowing that this was a rare event in these waters. Eventually the Transient Orca moved off and headed west, while the Humpbacks moved in a southward direction. It was another amazing wildlife trip in these rich waters off Victoria.

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Zodiac Wildlife Adventure Sept 25 4pm

It was a calm and sunny late afternoon when Skipper James headed the 4pm Zodiac out of the harbour and toward the east where Southern Resident Orca were reported. We found members of L Pod traveling slowly toward the shoreline of San Juan Island. They were in a resting formation. We saw the L2 family group with mom, L 2 ‘Grace ‘and her two sons L 78, ‘Gaia ‘ and L 88, ‘Wave Walker’. It appeared that K 40,’ Raggedy ‘and K 21, ‘ Cappuccino ‘ were again spending time with the L’s. We watched these magnificent Orca for a while then turned west and headed for two Humpbacks, a mother and her calf, that were south of Race Rocks. Another Humpback whale, one called ‘Split-fin ‘was also in the vicinity. This whale, with a distinct dorsal fin, has been seen each year for the past three years on its way through this area before migrating to warmer waters either in Hawaii or Mexico for the winter months. It was amazing to see these huge whales lift their flukes before taking a deep dive. All too soon our wildlife trip was over and we returned to the harbour as the sun disappeared behind the gathering clouds.

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Zodiac Wildlife Adventure Sept 22 4pm

Wildlife Adventure 4pm Zodiac Sept 22nd.

Skipper Reid headed the 4pm Zodiac with guests on board toward the south east where reports of 4 Transients had been radioed in. They were traveling very slowly, almost as if they were in a resting mode. We watched for a while as several Harbour Porpoises traversed much the same area. Usually, the Transient Orca, who are mammal eaters will go after these cetaceans, but these 4 Killer Whales were obviously not hungry. We left them and travelled farther east to Hein Bank where we encountered members of L and K Pod. We identified L 41, ‘Mega’,a big male, L 72, ‘Racer ‘, her son L 105 ‘Fluke ‘ and K 21, ‘Cappuccino ‘, and his sister K40, ‘Raggedy ‘. The researchers from NOAA were out too in the late afternoon attaching some temporary monitoring devices on one or two of the Orca. Although the sky had clouded over, no wind was present. The water remained smooth and took on some pretty colours with the setting sun. Conditions for observing these magnificent Orca were excellent. We watched the setting sun as we headed back to Victoria with big smiles on our faces.

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