© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — A Transient orca travelling through the Strait of Juan de Fuca during our trip today.
On both our morning and afternoon trips today we headed west towards Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. There we encountered Transient or marine mammal eating orcas on a hunt for their favourite prey species. They love devouring Harbour seals, especially seal pups; Harbour porpoises; and sea lions.
They scoured the waters around the pristine ecological reserve, which acts as a haul-out site for sea lions and Northern elephant seals, and a rookery for Harbour seals. Transient orcas are silent hunters. They do not like alerting their preys of their presence. We even saw them make a successful kill in the morning.
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