© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — A Center for Whale Research(CWR) vessel with four Bigg’s Killer whales north of San Juan Island today.
Bigg’s Killer Whales
We had an incredible trip today! We headed into the Haro Strait and were greeted by beautiful conditions on the water and even more beautiful scenery of the gulf islands.
We were fortunate to find not one but two big families of Bigg’s Killer whales travelling east. After watching the whales travel together for a bit, we saw them enter a resting formation. They were also socializing and portraying several surface-active behaviours, such as: tail-slapping. There were many large adult males, females, and several adolescent animals as well. We also saw a Center for Whale Research vessel taking photos of the animals nearby. They operate under special permits to study the animals in their natural habitats.
To add to our already incredible trip, we got to see many exotic deer species on Spieden Island that are not found anywhere else in North America. We also got to see Steller sea lions and harbour seals on this island. These two pinniped species make up a large portion of what the Bigg’s Killer whales eat in the Salish Sea.
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