dorsal fins
Male Orca

JULY 2, 2016 – It was a windy day out on the water, but we certainly didn’t let that stop us from having an incredible day of whale watching!

This morning our covered vessel, Marauder IV, set out with Captain Ian at the helm, Biologists Kat and Laureline, and Chief Mate Pieter. Additionally, two of our high-speed zodiacs, skippered by Marty and Greg, headed out onto the Salish Sea.  With excited passengers on board, all the boats headed southwest in search of some whales.  On route to Race Rocks, one of our favourite things happened – one of our passengers aboard Marauder IV was the first to spot a whale!  The distinctive shape of an orca’s dorsal fin cutting out of the waves near William Head caught their eye, and the vessel quickly headed over to watch the majestic creature travelling through the sea.  It’s always fantastic when we are the first to find the whales and get to share their location with the rest of the whale watching community.  They were identified by the crew as two male transient killer whales. The sex of these mammals can be distinguished by the size of the animal as well as by the shape and length of dorsal fins. Male dorsal fins are generally larger and stand up straighter, while the females have a slight bend (or curl) to them.

In the afternoon and evening, zodiac trips, led by Skippers Greg and Ian, were equally as fantastic. The sightings of transient killer whales continued through the day, this time near Trial and Discovery Islands. Guests also got to see a humpback whale on the afternoon tours.  While the wind and waves persisted, the sun decided to peek out as the afternoon went on, making for a wild but glorious day.  What a fantastic start to July!

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