© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — Transient orcas near Chain Islets during today’s trip.
This morning we left Victoria’s Inner Harbour and went eastward. As we stopped to look at the wildlife at Chain Islets — a marine bird sanctuary and a Harbour seal rookery — we encountered our first group of Transient orcas! The animals we encountered there were from the T60 matriline.
The orcas were looking for their favourite prey, Harbour seals, that are abundantly found at and around Chain Islets. Not only that, pupping season had just ended, allowing these orcas the opportunity to hunt easy-to-catch seal pups.
After observing the first pod for sometime, we headed south towards the Strait of Juan de Fuca where we found another group of Transient orcas! Our guests couldn’t be happier today! This time we encountered the T11s. This pod was travelling southwestwards.
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