© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — A group of Southern Resident Killer Whales travelling near the Victoria Harbour
Southern Resident Killer Whales, Humpback Whale and Harbour Seals
We began our trip this afternoon by heading out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, south of Victoria.
Quickly after leaving the Victoria Harbour we encountered a large group of Southern Resident Killer Whales as they were travelling east into the Salish Sea! These orcas are exclusively fish eaters, with over 85% of their diet being made up of Chinook Salmon. This huge group had several females and juveniles as well as a large male, distinct from the others due to its large vertical dorsal fin. The NOAA research vessel was also out monitoring this group at the time.
After our time with these Southern Resident Orcas, we made our way further out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, this time encountering a Humpback Whale! We watched this massive animal go on a few deep dives, showing us some great tail flukes in the process, before we headed back to Victoria. During our transit back we also got to see some of the Harbour Seals that frequent this area.
It was a wonderful afternoon and a great experience getting to show our group all these amazing animals!