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It did not take us long to find the whales this afternoon. Just north of Race Rocks Lighthouse we came across a very unusual sight: two, lone male Killer Whales. keeping each other company. It was the Transient Killer whales T11A and T77A.

Transient Killer Whales
Transient Killer Whales in front of Race Rocks. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped

It is not very common for males to leave their mother’s in Killer Whale society and it is a phenomenon that scientists still can’t put their finger on why it happens. It was impressive to see these two giant marine mammals surfacing side by side. They were carrying out deep dives and travelling pretty quickly north.

Transient Killer Whales
Two giants surfacing side by side. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

At one point they moved into the coastline and rounded Albert head. We thought they may initiate a hunt against the Harbour Seals lounging on the rocks and the Harbour Porpoise swimming by but they must have not been too hungry and continued towards Victoria.

Transient Killer Whale
Transient Killer Whale. Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

We were not quite ready to head for home yet so we turned to the south and stopped in at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. We were treated to barking California Sea Lions, fighting Steller Sea Lions and resting Harbour Seals.

Steller Sea Lions
Steller Sea Lions having a party? Photo by Captain Yves, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped

Certainly a memorable afternoon for all on-board!

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