April 3rd — Residents Around Chain Islets

© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image: A mother-calf pair of Southern Resident killer whales around Chain Islets today.

Southern Resident Killer Whales

We encountered J-pod again today and it was just perfect! We found these endangered whales around Chain Islets, just south of Oak Bay.

Southern Resident killer whales are fish-eaters, and they prefer Chinook salmon over other fish. They have strong cultural values and tight-knit families. We were ecstatic to see a mother-calf pair as well during our trip. We also saw spyhopping, tail-slapping, and breaching killer whales. It was an amazing trip.

On our way back, we stopped at Chain Islets and got to see some more marine animals and birds that call Salish Sea their home. We saw adult and juvenile Steller sea lions, adult harbour seals, cormorants, and bald eagles.

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

April 3rd – Southern Resident Killer Whales

 

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