Transient Calf by Fiona Fogarty
Transient Calf by Fiona Fogarty

What a day…. again!  Our trips are continuing into the second half of October and are as exciting as if it were a day in mid July! Besides from the fact that the sun was shining, the water was flat calm and there wasn’t a breath of wind, we also had an abundance of Wildlife. It was Captain Ian at the helm and as we know from earlier Captain’s Logs and numerous five star Trip Advisor reviews, Ian never disappoints and leaves his guests with unforgettable experiences. Well today was no exception!

The trip started off with 2 curious Humpback Whales just south of Victoria at a place called Albert Head. Ian spent a bit of time with these huge critters before moving off in search for more wildlife.  Before long he heard reports of Transient Killer Whales travelling through Race Rocks. As you know by now Race Rocks is an amazing Ecological Reserve that every Fall and Winter is covered with migrating Steller and California Sea Lions and is an easy place for Transients to hunt.

As the Zodiac arrived on scene they were greeted by a large group of Killer Whales. They were hunting. They were on long dives and were clearly trying to trap their prey. Finally, they made a kill! It was thrilling to watch. Not so great for the seal or sea lion who made for a nice lunch but for the guests to witness nature at it’s best is pretty spectacular. After the whales finished their food they came alive. They started to play. Ian switched off his engines and sat in silence as the whales gave us a show that no aquarium could ever match! Ian said they were spyhopping (lifting their heads out of the water to look around) and tail slapping repeatedly (I would like to think they were happy after eating such a huge meal). They rubbed up and down the long strands of kelp that lay at the surface. There were young ones in the group copying the adults.  They continued this for a long time before moving off and leaving our passengers with an awesome trip and an experience that they will never forget.

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