Bigg’s Killer Whales out front!
Male Biggs Killer Whale, Photo by Captain Marty, Image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped

Today we had two Zodiacs out in the afternoon. It’s always a good day when our boats don’t have to go far off the Victoria Waterfront to find whales!

Biggs knicked dorsal fin
Bigg’s Killer Whale, Photo by Naturalist Laas, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

We began with a run towards Race Rocks. Along the way we picked up the T41s and T10. T’s are names designated for Bigg’s (Transient) Killer Whales. The numbers are given to whales in the order they are identified. Offspring are given the same number as their mother and a letter to identify them as a calf. For example the T41s are lead by their ‘mom’, T41. T41’s travel companions are T41A (her offspring) and T44.

T's Male Killer Whale
Male Biggs Killer Whale, Photo by Captain Marty, Image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped

As we were watching the T41s, T11A creeped up on us. Killer Whales can be very inquisitive at times.

Bigg's Killer Whales
Biggs Killer Whale, Photo by Captain Marty

We then headed to Trial Island where we saw the T10’s again.

Biggs Killer Whales
Bigg’s Killer Whales, Photo by Captain Marty, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

What an awesome day with so many Killer Whales!

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