April 9th — Breaching Killer Whales

© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image: A Southern Resident killer whale breaching during our trip today.

Southern Resident Killer Whale

We had another exceptional encounter with the Southern Residents today. We headed out west after leaving the harbour and found the whales just south of Sooke.

Southern Resident killer whales are fish-eaters and they specifically like Chinook salmon.

During our trip today, we got to see many members of J-pod. We even got to see one breach thrice.

After leaving the killer whales behind, we headed towards Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, which houses numerous harbour seals, Steller and Califonia sea lions, and Northern elephant seals. Many sea birds, including various gulls, bald eagles, cormorants, and phalaropes, also take advantage of this ecological reserve.

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

April 9 – J-pod off Sooke

 

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