Two Species of Whales and a Wolf
Killer whales travelling together. Photo taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens and heavily cropped.

The fog was dense as we left the harbour and we rounded the corner towards Ogden point. However, this didn’t deter us and both Marauder IV & the Zodiacs were out on the hunt!

The Zodiac preparing to enter the fog bank. Photo taken by Captain Yves

 

We had heard reports of Whales towards Rock Pile, so we set off in search with our binoculars in hand. The visibility was good and soon enough we spotted big beautiful Humpback Whales! Humpback Whales like to feed near Rock Pile because the Herrings are abundant as the water pushes them upwards.

Humpback Whales Tail. Photo taken by Captain Yves using a zoom lens and heavily cropped

We had then heard reports of Orca, so off we went and our morning got even better. We encountered the T99’S! Delighted, we switched off our engines and bobbed alongside the Whales and watched in awe.

Killer whales travelling together. Photo taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens and heavily cropped.

Our afternoon was equally as spectacular. We headed straight for the T99’S and found them towards the US boarder. They were swimming together and were relaxed; it was wonderful to watch them. We had heard they had just caught a Seal, so maybe they were still digesting their lunch!

The T99’s a pod of transient Killer Whales. Photo taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens and heavily cropped.

 

The Lone Wolf of Discovery Island. Photo credit to Gabby taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

 

Our day ended spectacularly, one of our zodiac boats stumbled across Takaya, a lone wolf on Discovery Island. We could not believer our luck! We were quietly sailing past the island and spotted him relaxing on rock. Takaya swam solo to the Island a few years back and has made it his home. He is well known in the area but seldom spotted. It was such a privilege to see him. Takaya means ‘wolf’ in the Coastal Salish language. We felt very honoured to have seem him. What a day!

 

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