A Spy-hopping Transient Killer Whale.  Photo by Mark Williams.
A Spy-hopping Transient Killer Whale. Photo by Mark Williams.

JUNE 24, 2016 – It was a salty day on the Salish Sea, but also a successful one for whale watching. The weather started off a little cloudy and windy, but as the day went on, the sun came out and we enjoyed some incredible views of Victoria and Vancouver Island.

Captain Dave along with Skippers Ian, and Marty, headed out on a few of our vessels with plenty of passengers on-board, all keen to see whales. They headed West and caught up with some transient killer whales near Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. There were two of them, a big male and a (slightly) smaller female. Transients can reach up to 9 metres in length and their dorsal fins can be 1.8 metres high. They eat mammals, such as seals, sea lions, porpoises and even other types of whales. Every now and then we get to see them hunting, a pretty cool sight! Not so good for their prey however. Today they didn’t get to see a hunt, but they did see the male transient spyhop a few times.

In the evening, Captain Greg took a group out for one of our lovely sunset tours. Everyone was keen to get going and find these transients! This time, Greg headed North up towards Coal Island where he discovered the same transients from earlier today. They can travel pretty quickly, at speeds of up to 35 knots per hour. Greg also managed to sight a few more killer whales who were in the area. He stopped by Discovery Island and Trial Island on the way home to see some other exciting wildlife, such as seals and sea lions, before getting everybody back into the Inner Harbour.

All in all it was a pretty great day for us!

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