© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image: The two male Transient killer whales that we saw today near Seabird Point today.
Transient Killer Whales
We traveled out east today for our trip and just as we reached Seabird Point, we spotted two large black fins cutting through the surface of the water. Our passengers were ecstatic to see the two fins and the whales they belonged to — Transient killer whales.
Transient killer whales are marine mammal eating whales. Their iconic black dorsal fins can be 2-3 feet tall for adult females and adolescent males, and over 6 feet tall for males. The two tall fins we saw today were indicative that both the whales were adult males.
They were travelling together in an area of high prey abundance. That is because there is a nearby harbour seal haul-out site. We saw the seals as well as Steller sea lions there.
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