© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — Two of the many Bigg’s killer whales tail-slapping near Crescent Bay this afternoon
Bigg’s Killer Whales
We headed down south towards Crescent Bay, Port Angeles today and found multiple groups of Bigg’s or Transient killer whales together. It was incredible!
The groups of whales had come together to socialize, play, and mate. Our guests were awestruck by their surface-active behaviours, including spy-hopping and tail-slapping, during our encounter today. There were adult males, adolescent males and females, and adult females in the groups today. Many individuals had distinct nicks and notches in the dorsal fins, which made them easy to identify.
On our way back, we headed to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to show our guests what some of the food sources of the Bigg’s killer whales look like. This eco-type eats marine mammals and the ecological reserve acts as a shelter for quite a few of them. We saw Harbour seals — one of the whales’ favourite prey, Steller and California sea lions, Northern elephant seals as well as several marine birds. We also saw a bald eagle!
We were very fortunate to show our guests today the importance of Salish Sea for many different marine animals. What a wonderful day to be on the water.
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