T49A’s in the Strait
Bigg's Killer Whales, Photo by Naturalist Emma, Taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

Morning Tours

Our Sunday morning cruise departed full of energy and excitement. We headed East towards Discovery Island where we paused to have a good search of the calm waters. It was all clear but there were rumours of the T49A Bigg’s (Transient) Killer Whales moving along the Washington State coastline near Port Angeles. We did a u-turn and moved to the West to investigate the report.

Transient Killer Whales
Bigg’s Killer Whales, T49A’s, Photo by Naturalist Emma, photo taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

Success! There the whales were, cruising westward as suspected. The Bigg’s (Transient) Killer Whales were doing some deep dives and in-between, continued to travel West. Was the open Pacific Ocean on their mind? We watched the whales until it was time to head home, satisfied and happy.

Afternoon Tours

The crew were keen to emulate the successful morning but unsure if logistics would allow us to catch up with the Killer Whales, after all they were travelling with purpose straight for the open Pacific. The captain took a chance and we travelled in a quick yet orderly fashion. Again the captain’s reasoning won through and we caught up with the whales in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Transient Killer Whale
Bigg’s (Transient) Killer Whale, Photo by Naturalist Emma, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

They surprised everyone on board when then popped up close to our starboard side. Nothing was stopping them on their venture West so before we ended up on an ocean voyage ourselves, we bid them bon voyage.

Zodiac whale watching tour
The high speed zodiac on the afternoon tour, Photo by Naturalist Emma

We hope they have a pleasant journey to whatever lies ahead…but do hurry back!

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