August 16 – Afternoon with Orcas and Humpbacks!

© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — An adult male Transient orca with a tall dorsal fin from today’s trip.

Transient Orcas and Humpbacks

This afternoon we headed out west towards Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. This ecological reserve is a haul-out site for Steller and California sea lions, and a rookery for Harbour seals. All these animals together are called pinnipeds, a group that the marine mammal eating orcas, called Transient or Bigg’s orcas, love to devour.

So, Race Rocks is not only an ecological reserve but also an important feeding ground for Transient orcas, and that is where we found them travelling around. The whales were scouring the waters to feed on some of their favourite preys.

We also encountered two Humpback whales after we left the Transient orcas and the pinnipeds at Race Rocks. The Humpbacks are only summer visitors in the Salish Sea, which is a very productive feeding ground for them. They migrate to this feeding ground year and year to feed on small schooling fish.

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

August 16 – Afternoon Trip

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