August 12, 2016 – It was such a beautiful sunny morning today. We left the harbour heading west towards Esquimalt. Within minutes, we came upon a little family of transient killer whales (which are marine mammal eaters) swimming peacefully along the coast toward Sooke. The family T10 is composed of two big brothers and a smaller female. We enjoyed their company for a while then headed to Race Rocks. What a sight! Lots of harbour seals, Steller sea lions and California sea lions lazing in the warm sun. Then we moved south and once again, within minutes, we came in view of a few humpback whales right in front of us. They were rising to the surface showing us their flukes and would disappear into the deep.
The afternoon, we headed west again thinking of finding the group of transient orcas. But what an incredible surprise; instead of the transient orcas we found a gigantic group of resident killer whales swimming towards us. They were looking for salmon, their favourite prey, and obviously, they did find some as they seemed very excited and happy. We saw them breaching, tail slapping, and socializing a lot. We spent almost an hour enjoying these incredible animals in their natural environment. Then we started back for the harbour, but the day apparently was not over for us. We saw several humpback whales on the way and lots of harbour porpoises. What a day!