August 15 – Morning with Orcas Out West

© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — Transient orcas in a fog bank during this morning’s trip.

Transient Orcas

We headed out west for this morning’s trip and encountered Transient or marine mammal eating orcas near East Sooke Park. The orcas were looking to prey on Harbour seals and sea lions from the nearby haul-out sites at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve.

Seeing these orcas — the top predators of the Salish Sea —  work together to scour the waters is always impressive. This morning their tall black dorsal fins seemed to pierce through the thick fog that covered the west entrance of the Strait of Juan de Fuca that day. It was fantastic!

We also saw some of the orcas’ preys at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve on our way back.

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

August 15 – Morning Trip


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