April 18 – Bigg’s Killer Whale in the Salish Sea

© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — T49C, an adult Bigg’s Killer whale, near Constance Bank today.

Bigg’s Killer Whale

We had a fantastic trip today! We headed southwest from Victoria and found an adult Bigg’s Killer whale heading west. We saw him just past Metchosin.

Adult males are easily identifiable because of their tall dorsal fin. For fully matured males, the fin can be over 6 feet tall. The particular male we saw today was T49C and was identified because of the two nicks in his dorsal fin.

Bigg’s Killer whales are marine mammal-eaters. After spending time with T49C, we headed towards Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to show our passengers some of the marine mammals that are on the Killer whales’ menu. There we saw Harbour seals, Steller and California sea lions and even Northern elephants seals.

To view more images from our trip, click on the following link.

April 18 – Bigg’s Killer Whales

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