July 6- Transients in the Eve

© Five Star Whale Watching/Andrew Lees. Image — Transient orcas seen surfacing together this evening in Trincomali Channel north of Victoria.

Transient Orcas

We had a remarkable experience this evening viewing beautiful species of the Salish Sea. We travelled north into Haro Strait through the Gulf Islands and reached Trincomali Channel.

It is here that we came across transient (or Bigg’s) orcas! This was a beautiful sight and we saw the whales’ dorsal fins break the surface while they breathed and swam together. We could see and hear the blows of the three individuals as they gradually made their way north up the coast.

Transient orcas usually travel in small groups to remain discrete and quiet to their prey. They feed on marine mammals; prey species in the area include Harbour seals, Sea Lions and porpoise. Orcas are cooperative hunters and one of the ocean’s top predators.

Before returning home, we were fortunate to see Harbour seals. It was fantastic to show our guests the animals that make up this predator/ prey food chain. We were also able to see some Bald Eagles!

We had a fantastic encounter tonight seeing transient orcas and were fortunate to show our guests many Salish Sea species. We were treated to a beautiful sunset as we approached Victoria.

To view more images from today’s trip, click on the link below:

July 6- T’s in Trincomali Channel

 

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